What Is A Relationship?

According to Wikipedia.org "An interpersonal relationship is an association between two or more people that may range from fleeting to enduring. This association may be based on inference, love, solidarity, regular business interactions, or some other type of social commitment. Interpersonal relationships are formed in the context of social, cultural and other influences. The context can vary from family or kinship relations, friendship, marriage, relations with associates, work, clubs, neighborhoods, and places of worship. They may be regulated by law, custom, or mutual agreement, and are the basis of social groups and society as a whole."

Relationship Pressures

As day to day life continues to become more stressful, and financial pressures take their toll, people are finding it more common to run into relationship problems. Actually, if you do a little research on the internet, you will notice that money, sex and arguments are the most common causes of relationship rifts. For some people, they aren't even in a relationship and are having problems with rejection, because they are sending the I Wanna Love You signals, and not getting anywhere.

Maintaining A Healthy Relationship

In order to achieve a healthy relationship, you have to provide each other with emotional support. This doesn't mean that you will always agree with decisions and opinions made by the other person, but it does mean supporting them through difficult times in their lives. For example, you could offer emotional support when they are faced with a tough decision, or one that they are unable to make on their own.

Rather than pressurising another person to fit your expectations (eg. telling them what clothes they should or shouldn't wear, or who they spend time with) you should aim to create a balance between their needs and your own needs. Understanding what makes the other person tick is key to creating an equilibrium in the relationship and avoiding problems.

Time Together vs Time Apart

Whilst some people think that a requirement to spend time away from a partner could signal that they don't want to be with them, it is widely recognised that certain people need to spend time alone, or with friends to create a balance in their life. Demanding what you want, instead of recognising and understanding the other persons' needs can lead to problems, or even a breakup. Some people end up saying I wanna love you, but you are stopping me from achieving what I want to in life because we don't spend any time apart.

Do I Have To Give Up My Mates?

Expecting someone to part with their friends to pursue another relationship can lead to problems if it isn't something they are happy with. If you are going to be spending more time with someone in a relationship, it doesn't mean that friends have to be pushed aside. In fact, having the close support of friends and family is key to the stability of most relationships, so hold onto your mates for dear life!

Should I Seek Professional Advice?

If you've tried to sort our your relationship problems, and you still aren't making any progress, then perhaps it is time to get some professional help. There are several organisations you can contact, but probably the most well known is www.relate.co.uk. They can help you to understand what the real problems are in your relationship, and offer many different services including face to face help or advice by e-mail / telephone. You may also want to review our business directory which contains listings of several counsellors / therapists.

Alternatively, you may like to start a relationship problems discussion on this website, so that you can get advice about your relationship problems from our visitors. They can offer impartial insights into your problems, and many can give you insight into their own problems, decisions that they have had to make, and the outcome of these decisions.

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