5 Ways To Improve Your Relationships | TCM #89 (Part 1)

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Relationships have become more challenging for many people. In this episode, Bernhard and Laura share five fundamental ways to improve all your relationships. They discuss the necessity for Animus/Anima integration, how healing from developmental trauma is key to healthy relationships, and the biologically-based core needs that are essential to our physical and emotional well-being to thrive in life and relationships. Furthermore, they provide practical tips and reflective questions to help you create and attract better relationships.

Show Notes Part 1:

  • Learning the art of listening and communication skills
  • The trap of overly isolating yourself and denial of the need for a relationship
  • 3 parts to work on: each individual on themselves and the relationship
  • There’s a difference between unfulfilled childhood needs we try to get met from our partner as opposed to healthy adult needs
  • Attachment styles, self-awareness
  • Differentiation, vulnerability, taking responsibility
  • The 5 A’s – and how this teaches you how to be more mature in relationships
  • Attention/acceptance/appreciation/affection/allowing – begin as needs to be fulfilled by our parents and then become needs fulfilled by our partners and become gifts we give to others in the world
  • Attention = attunement. We cannot attune if we assume certain feelings; we need to be neutral and mindful; it requires genuine interest and curiosity.
  • Don’t be furious; be curious
  • Acceptance: you’re embraced as worthy, and you approve and validate the person – not trying to change your partner in something you want. It validates someone even if you do not agree.
  • Appreciation: gives depth to acceptance; you admire, respect, and appreciate the person as unique. We need this for self-worth and confidence. Appreciation and gratitude go hand in hand – daily double
  • The ratio of appreciation to a complaint in couples that stay together is 5 -1
  • Beneath every complaint is a lack of the 5 A’s
  • Affection is loving touch, physical touch, and embrace. Compassion is a form of affection
  • Allowing: allowing the other person to be themselves, non-controlling

In Part 2 (only for members) we go deeper into:

  • Anima/Animus projections and how it determines who we attract and are attracted to
  • The alchemical marriage of the inner male and female
  • The four stages of Anima/Animus projections and integration
  • Developmental Trauma and how it affects our relationships
  • Type 1 single-incident traumas, what we refer to as shock trauma
  • Type 2 prolonged, interpersonal traumas, what we refer to as complex trauma C-PTSD
  • Complex trauma results from chronic, long-term exposure to relational and emotional trauma in which an individual has little or no control
  • Relational and emotional trauma leads to profound changes in neurological development and functioning, which causes significant problems in a person’s life
  • C-PTSD is being used as a catch-all for both ongoing interpersonal trauma for children and adults and the impacts of childhood trauma on adults
  • Relational Model™(NARM) recognizes five biologically based core needs that are essential to our physical and emotional well-being: the need for connection, attunement, trust, autonomy, and love-sexuality
  • These patterns of survival adaptation were created as a way to resolve the core dilemma. They are based on a foreclosing of one’s authentic Self to protect against attachment loss, which is experienced as the loss of love in the universe.
  • When a child’s needs and feelings threaten their caregivers and environment, the only choice is to disconnect from core aspects of the Self.
  • The adaptive survival styles shape the way children – and later adults – organize, filter, and respond to their life experience
  • Shame-based Identification
  • The capacity of our connection with another depends on the depth of connection we are capable of within ourselves.
  • Reflective questions and practical tips

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[Intro and outro music clip by Seeded Vision]


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