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Oct 20, 2020

One of the most difficult tasks in relationships is to maintain our sense of not loose our self in relationship. This can be even more challenging during times of conflict, stress and uncertainty. And especially true when our partner is pressuring us to be something different or when we fear their reaction and ultimately a loss of approval and love. 

(Please listen to the podcast episode or read the transcript to hear explanations, stories, and examples.)


In this episode, Dr. Jessica Higgins discusses: 

  • How important it is to work on becoming differentiated in relationship.
  • The fallout of not maintaining a solid sense of self. 
  • What it looks like when couples get stuck in emotional fusion and gridlock. 
  • Dr. David Schnarch's Four Points Of Balance: Solid Flexible Self, Quiet Mind - Calm Heart, Grounded Responding, and Meaningful Endurance. 
  • How differentiation relates to our passion, sexual desire and sexual intimacy.  

 "A solid sense of self develops from confronting yourself, challenging yourself to do what's right, and earning your own self-respect. It develops from inside you rather than from internalizing what's around you." by Dr. David Schnarch



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