By Alice Laby
How do we conquer our fears? First, we need to identify what we are afraid of. Be very honest with yourself – it may help to make a list. I am afraid of anger and rejection when I communicate my needs to my partner. In my previous long term relationship that was the response I received when I made my love and belonging needs known.
There should be input from both you and your partner about what your needs are. Does he or she have a high freedom need? Is your loved one’s biorhythm different than yours? Listen, communicate your respect, and be supportive of your loved one’s choices.
It helps if you write about your fears in a journal before you express them verbally. If you have started to conquer your fears, write about it in your journal as well.
Celebrate your differences! Adding a dose of humor is a very good way to open the discussion about the contrast between you and your partner. I like a folk music song by the trio Gathering Time called The Highest Walls Guard the Greatest Treasures. Do you build walls to keep yourself protected? Does your partner?