Emotional Trust Breathes Life into Relationships

  • October 17, 2018 |
  • 1:39 pm |
  • Ed Nissen, MSW, LCSW

Seek to be emotionally reliable for your partner and trustworthy with your partner’s vulnerability. To do this, it is important to understand what this means. I often tell people, “Quality responses equal quality relationships”. This is THE core concept that is most helpful for the people with whom I work. The word “emotional” refers to one’s emotions or the notion of being affected by emotions. “Reliability” is the characteristic of being safe and dependable, and behaving so in a consistent manner. Emotional reliability is being consistently safe and dependable with emotions and emotional situations.

People operate under two types of experiences: emotional and rational. These two experiences operate like a scale; the higher the emotion, the lower the rationale, and vice versa. Emotional responses can often manifest as criticism, aggression, defensiveness, and passivity. Defects such as these are huge obstacles to becoming emotionally reliable. Failure to learn how to manage emotional conflict limits the likelihood of a successful…

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