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Loneliness is a common experience. Forty-seven percent of adults said they sometimes or always felt their relationships were not meaningful. Perhaps there is no more relatable feeling than dealing with the loneliness brought on by feeling disconnected from your spouse.
Many of my clients describe feeling lonely when they are in the same space as their partner but cannot connect. When they express feelings of isolation, their words are often criticized or misunderstood by the one person they hoped would respond compassionately. For instance, Madelaine, 42, lived in a blended family with intense feelings of disconnection from Joshua not their real names41, for many years. She was considering divorce. Unfortunately, when she was vulnerable enough to discuss her loneliness during a couples counseling session, she felt that Joshua minimized her feelings, criticized her, or showed contempt.
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She searched for the best way to state her feelings without coming across as nagging or complaining. Raising my voice is the only way I can get your attention. According to Frank J. Ninivaggi, M. They also feel that others either explicitly or implicitly dismiss them. This perception, whether or not it is reflective of reality, reinforces feeling disconnected, dismissed, and uncomfortably isolated.
John Gottman explains that practicing emotional attunement can help you stay connected in spite of your differences.
This means turning toward one another by showing empathy, responding appropriately to bids for connection, and not being defensive. Asking your partner open-ended questions is also a great way to increase emotional closeness. In other words, take your time and make love to your partner with words.
According to Dr. John Gottman, a tendency to turn toward your partner is the foundation of trust, love, and intimacy. Turning towards your partner is an incredible way to deepen intimacy and reduce isolation. After explaining the importance of turning towards each other to Madelaine and Joshua, they began to feel secure and safe enough to ask for what they needed in a positive way. In fact, turning toward one another can be an antidote for loneliness in marriage.
It promotes your sense of closeness, connection, and feeling secure and safe with your spouse. Since every relationship has tension, knowing that you trust each other enough to go through challenges together is the glue that can hold you together.
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