What makes a relationship difficult?
You might reply, “Why it’s the difficult person, of course. Right?”
I’d have to say, “Not so fast…”
The brain is structured to conserve energy
It’s easier for thoughts to travel the well-worn neural pathways and offer up the same old sentences again and again.
It’s possible for another person to willingly do what we would like
If you have a dysfunctional relationship with another adult, you are well aware you are dealing with a person who is unreceptive to your influence.
To have influence, receptivity and willingness are essential.
It’s your thoughts and feelings about the relationship that make it difficult.
This is a two-way street.
You can manage a difficult relationship
- Create boundaries to protect your physical, emotional and psychological space.
- Create new, believable thoughts to think about the person or the situation that interpret the situation with more compassion and understanding
- Visualize yourself reducing the size and impact of the offending person
- Check out the Free Guide to Feel Better Fast When People in Your Stepfamily are Driving You Crazy.
Want more help? Let’s figure out a plan that supports YOU in taking the best next steps.
Let’s start a conversation about difficult relationships.
- Who are the most difficult people in your step family?
- What can you do to shift the power dynamic in your favor?