My clients often complain to me that their partner doesn’t seem to know how to express emotion. As a result, they feel their feelings are not being acknowledged, and that they aren’t getting the emotional support they need. I remind them that their partners may not know how to express emotional, and that this doesn’t mean they don’t care about them. There’s more on this topic in my article:
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Dr. Gary McClain
Chronic Communication ℠
Counseling and Workshops
Questions? Ask Dr. Gary
Q: I was recently diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and I am really trying to face up to this condition and maintain my independence. But there are days when I know I need help. My family is telling me that I am being stubborn when all I am trying to do is be a Fighter. When is it time to ask for help?
A: Fighters may have a reputation as the ideal role models but they aren’t always good at seeking out support unless someone shows them how much worse things will be if they don’t.
Fighters often view themselves as so in control of their situation that they can handle every...