Sometimes “relationship issues” refers to married couples who are in conflict or crisis. If this is the case for you, please see the section on Imago Relationship Therapy. Other times, “relationship issues” refers to other important relationships, such as relationships at work with your boss, your peers, or your subordinates; relationships in your family, such as your children, your siblings, or your parents; social relationships, such as your friends and neighbors. Imago Therapy can at times help with these relationships too. What can also help is . . .
- Knowing how and when to set boundaries;
- Understanding different personality and communication dynamics using an inventory such as the MBTI (Myers Briggs Type Inventory);
- Developing assertiveness skills and knowing the difference between passive, aggressive, and assertive communication skills;
- Practicing these skills in a safe place with a therapist who is trained to offer guidance in a nonjudging and confidential way.
For more information about communicating effectively with others, please see Difficult Conversations by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, and Sheila Heen, as well as books by Harriet Goldhor Lerner, PhD., especially The Dance of Anger.