When we think of relationships. more often than not we think of romance, Valentine’s Day and finding that perfect match. The reality is that there’s much more to relationships than this. Here are my five tips to help you move on up in love.
Step 1 | Self love
The first step to a rich, joyful and rewarding life is self-love. You will not be able to find lasting fulfilment in your relationships, career or any aspect of your life until you accept yourself.
Any beliefs that you hold onto that you’re unworthy, unlovable or incomplete are simply beliefs – stories you’ve been told and clung on to. The moment that you embrace, respect and appreciate yourself and life – others will too. Self-love is the key to all love.
Step 2 | Family Ties
Some families are tightly bonded. Some feel like a knot. Some of us may have no ‘family’. You did not select where or when you were born. You did not control who your parents and siblings were, nor their personalities. Acceptance of this is important if you’ve had strained relationships.
If you have been fortunate, then appreciation is in order. Either way, the more you can allow yourself to be yourself and others to be theirselves – giving space and support in the measure that you are able – the richer, healthier and happier your family life will be.
Step 3 | Genuine connections socially and in business
In the course of life we interact with people all the time at home, work, or socially. Some of those relationships are more significant than others e.g. mother-child/ boss and employee. Whatever the roles the key to all relationships is a genuine interest in the other and their wellbeing.
I often point out that it’s always wise to be warm to others for you may not know what’s just happened to them immediately before they arrived in the office, train platform or back at home. Look beyond your own assumptions, assertions and ego.
Connect beyond the label – connect at the heart not just the head – and you will find that all your relationships will become richer and healthier overnight.
In your business and working relationships be mindful of your values, goals, role and those of the individuals groups and organisations concerned. My 3 Golden Rules: always be 1) Personable 2) Professional 3) Deliver in words and deeds.
Step 4 |Friendships
Friendships emerge and blossom through the (often natural) process above. They can take many forms. When any type of relationship is rich there will be an element of friendship in it. Companionship, co-operation, support, fun and creativity can bloom. Your friendships are likely to be among some of the most important, supportive and enduring relationships in your life. If you’ve forged good, organic, nourishing, mutually supportive friendships, then pour this learning into all your other bonds.
Step 5 |Partnerships / lovers
Partnership can emerge and blossom when you are mindful of all the other steps. It is a myth that you are incomplete until you find your ‘other half’. However it is possible that you can experience, grow and appreciate yourself powerfully through this special relationship where two can connect on all levels. If you are seeking that special relationship it will become available to you when you become available to yourself.
My tip honour 3 things 1) yourself 2) your partner and 3) the relationship. Have the welfare of all three in mind at all times.
The old adage that some relationships are for a ‘reason’, ‘season’ or a ‘lesson’ is valuable to note in all relationships, but also may bring comfort in being mindful in regards to partners. Some relationships may last for most of a lifetime, some may be short-lived. What’s really important is the richness, the kindness, the value, the self and mutual appreciation.
Theories of Love and Friendship Essay
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Relationships and friendships have evolved significantly over the centuries.
Quality of life was influenced by accepted practices related to theories of love and friendship. Exploring Medieval Europe and modern day approaches to relationships provide a clear illustration of how relationships have positively evolved over time.
Theories of love and friendship have emerged from the early medieval period over 2000 years ago with notable theories from Plato and Aristotle. Plato (428-348 or 347 B.C.) was an ancient Greek Philosopher and pivotal figure in the history of western thought. Plato developed the idealist concepts of love theory and defined Eros. In this concept, he did not consider the physical attraction to be an…show more content…
Two major psychological theorists on love and relationships today are Zick Rubin and Robert Sternberg.
Zick Rubin, a modern day psychologist theorizes that love is made up of three different categories. These three categories are attachment, caring and intimacy. These three categories are said to define romantic love. Attachment is defined as the contact that is made with another person resulting in care and approval. Caring is the equal value that you place in valuing others needs as much as your personal needs. And, intimacy is referred to as the sharing of feelings, desires, and personal thoughts with another person. Rubin developed a questionnaire of personal attitudes about love, and provided the outcomes as evidence to support his theory. Missing in-text citation within paragraph
Robert Sternberg, a psychologist, developed a theory called the triangular model of love. He identified seven types of love relationships. The seven different types of love are: liking, romantic love, companionate love, empty love, fatuous love, infatuation romantic love and consummate love. Each of these seven types of love relationships are defined by at least one in the following three areas: intimacy, passion, or commitment. Intimacy describes the level of closeness and concern for another. Passion is described as having the strong feelings and sexual attraction for another. And,