Recently I have been writing post and blogs related to healing and intimate relationships. My focus has been primarily related to couples and marriages. A response to one of my post today reminded me that intimate and healing relationships are not only about marriages and couples, but they are about any relationship that is caring, respectful, and demonstrates understanding, and compassion. Carl Rogers would talk and write about the characteristics of a helping relationship. He described such characteristics as empathy, acceptance of the other, unconditional positive regard, and congruence. The list is much longer and it is available on line if you would like to check it out, You can google "Characteristics of a Helping Relationship". I suspect as we have experiences in life that are both painful and loving, we learn important lessons and develop more understanding and compassion for others. I have been fortunate in my life to have had good friends, some compassionate and understanding therapist, as well as caring mentors that have helped me both as a person and as a therapist. Each day brings new challenges for all of us, and our development and growth is always in process. Hopefully as we meet these challenges we develop our potential and become better versions of ourselves. As Carl Rogers would say to be a better version of ourself we need to be accepting of ourselves as we are. I actually never heard him us the phrase "better versions of ourselves", but he would talk about "becoming". I suspect that "becoming", means developing our potential, finding meaning in our lives, and responding in a caring and compassionate way to others.
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