About Human Relationships

       A relationship occurs when the past or current existence of one person significantly affects another person temporarily or over time. Re-lationships can be chosen or forced; loving or antagonistic; dependent, interdependent, or independent (little contact); informal or legal (like spouses); platonic, parental, or sexual; mutual or one-way; social or legal; stable to chaotic; practical and/or spiritual; and personal to im-personal.

        Relationships range from satisfying to stressful, depending on how well each person fills the primary needs of the other over time. Relation-ships are affected by the role/s of each person (e.g. husband - wife), and what each partner expects from the other in various situations (e.g. "I ex-pect you to want to remember my birthday.")

        Most people are unaware of (a) the needs they want to fill in their relationships, and how to assess and resolve problems (unfilled needs). This promotes stress in each partner and in others who depend on and/ or care for them.

        Most relationship problems stem from unseen psychological wounds + unawareness (Lesson 1) + communication ignorance (Les-son2), + unfinished grief. (Lesson 3). Each of these can be intentionally improved, once partners are aware of them! Lesson 4 is about optimi-zing marital, parental, and family relationships.             detail