Medically Reviewed By: Aaron Horn, LMFT, MA
Relationships can be complicated, but here we’ll talk a little bit about how to form healthy relationships and different attachment theories you should be aware of.
The Basics of Relationships
Relationships and attraction are hard to understand. The media portrays romance as something tangible and simple to understand. In reality it’s a bit more complicated than you might think. Knowing the importance of attraction, and understanding it so that you can embrace it is a great thing.
Romantic attraction and relationships are often confused with sexual attraction, but they’re actually completely different things. Remember that relationships don’t have to have sex, and sex doesn't have to be in a relationship.
By better understanding it, you’ll be able to figure out what your relationships mean to you, and how to improve on it. Spotting romantic attraction is important too. Our articles will go through each of the different aspects of this so that you can better understand why it happens, and the science behind it.
How to Improve Your Friendships
Friendships are the backbone of many people’s lives. Sometimes, people don't want to have relationships because they want to keep their friendships strong. Friendships are incredibly important, and it is important to cultivate a friendship that matters to you.
Our articles can teach you how to improve your friendships with the people you love, the different types of friendships you can have with someone, and also characteristics of long-term friends compared to casual friends. We’ll also discuss toxic friendships, what they are, and why you need to be mindful of these. They happen, and many don’t realize they’re in one until they’re too late. Remember, friendships are a type of relationship, and they can be toxic. Our articles can help you spot these behaviors, and prevent these toxic friendships from ruining your life. We’ll also discuss how supportive friends can be one of the best things you have in life.
How to Avoid Toxic Behaviors
There are toxic behaviors that happen in every type of relationship. Whether it be with a romantic partner, sexual partner, or friend, toxic behaviors can be damaging to you, both mentally and physically.
Gaslighting is one of the most common toxic behaviors. It is when someone exerts mental control over you and your thoughts. It is something people need to be mindful of in all their relationships.
Controlling people is another toxic trait. It’s something that can make a relationship feel stifled, especially when you have a partner that doesn’t let you do what you want. It’s important to understand why you should avoid this.
Then there is unhealthy attachment and co-dependency, two aspects of relationships that can be quite challenging to deal with. They can also be abusive as well. Unhealthy attachments can ruin you, especially if the person is toxic. Co-dependency tends to create unsatisfying relationships. These behaviors, especially in families, can be devastating. Many times, you spend a lot of energy trying to make someone happy, who never will be.
Therapy for Relationships
Therapy helps relationships because it can give couples a chance to talk. If you have a problem with a partner, you can talk to a licensed practitioner about it so they can assist you. It’s important to seek out therapy, especially if you know that something is impacting your life. We’ll teach you in our articles about how therapy can help, and how it can be beneficial for those toxic relationships.
Therapy doesn't just have to be for couples, a person can go in and get their life sorted out, so they can live a healthier one.
Relationship Challenges and How to Best them
Relationships come with a lot of challenges. It can be stressful, but learning how to overcome these challenges can lead to a much happier life. It might be age gaps, friends, family, or even careers. Whatever it might be, we’ll tell you how to overcome them, and also give you some healthy coping mechanisms for you to use when it gets tough.
We can also discuss aromanticism, which means you don’t experience romantic attraction. This can be a challenge because our world glorifies romance, but here, we’ll tell you how you can live in a world without experiencing romance, and how you can have relationships that matter to you, no matter what.
Working Towards “Couple Goals”
Seeing couples that have it all, that are considered “power couples” can spark both excitement, and a little bit of jealousy. If you want to get to that point, we’ll tell you how. There are certain traits of successful relationships, traits, and goals that those people who are seen as “power couples” have. We’ll tell you how to become the best couple you can be, and some healthy mindsets to keep in mind.
Aspects of Healthy Relationships
Finally, we’ll tell you aspects of healthy relationships, and things you can physically do in order to accomplish this. Whether it be changing your mindset, challenging your partner, or working towards a goal, understanding how to do it can be beneficial, and here, we’ll tell you the secrets behind these healthy relationships, and how you can accomplish this.
You’ll be able to improve relationships in all areas of life, and here, you’ll have all the tools you need to create the best bond you can with others.