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Jun 6, 2023

Intimacy in a relationship is a beautiful and fulfilling experience, but finding harmony between a deep connection and maintaining a sense of self is a delicate dance that many couples strive to master. It's a journey of self-discovery and growth that requires navigating the fine line between connection and autonomy.

In this thought-provoking conversation, relationship experts Amber Price and Dr. Jessica Higgins, unravel the complexities of this subject, offering valuable insights and practical advice for individuals seeking to preserve their individuality while fostering a deep bond with their partner.

The discussion delved into the concept of emotional fusion, sharing personal stories and exploring strategies to break free from its grip. With a focus on open communication, self-awareness, and conscious decision-making, this conversation provides a roadmap for cultivating a strong sense of self within the context of a loving and intimate relationship.

Amber Price is a relationship expert, educator, and researcher who teaches people to build better relationships without losing who they are. She is currently finishing a PhD in Marriage, Family, and Human Development, and she’s also a mom to four boys and wife to a chemistry professor who loves baking and eating cookies and drinking hot chocolate.

Check out the transcript of this episode on Dr. Jessica Higgin's website.

In this episode

6:32 Amber’s journey of self-discovery and personal growth.

9:07 Unpacking grumpiness: Overwhelm, exhaustion, and the need for self-care.

10:51 Balancing relatedness and autonomy.

14:23 The role of relationship security in developing autonomy.

17:07 Challenging cultural expectations particularly among women or individuals who identify as women.

19:34 The fine line between conscious choice and unhealthy pressure in caregiving.

23:32 Accessing conscious choice: Stepping back and examining priorities.

25:26 Recognizing and challenging unconscious patterns for personal growth.

30:40 Rediscovering authenticity: Exploring personal values and joy.

37:21 Connecting through shared experiences: The power of authenticity.

41:14 Finding balance and cultivating emotional autonomy.


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