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Our emotional well being and survival depends on our ability to attach and create emotional bonds.What we learn during our childhoods about how relationships function shapes our responses to overtures in love and friendships as well as our reactivity in our adult connections.Kyle Mc Mahan, MFT is a couples therapist at The San Francisco Marriage and Couples Center.The Center provides couples therapy and premarital counseling to help couples with unhealthy relationship dynamics. " Kyle Mc Mahan, MFT is a couples therapist at The San Francisco Marriage and Couples Center.I want you to imagine that you’re at a cocktail party, and you’re talking with someone you have just met.As people naturally do, you stand a comfortable distance away and start chatting about work, politics, the weather, whatever.But as the chat progresses, you notice that your conversation partner has inched towards you until they are standing uncomfortably close. Most people, without even thinking about it, would back away.But if your new friend’s cultural norms or comfort zone differ from yours, they would probably take another step forward…

To get an idea of this concept, bring both of your hands together touching only at the finger tips and thumbs.In the first of our two part series, Ellen and I help the pursuers (connectors) understand and deal with your distancing partner.Distance Pursuit games are dysfunctional patterns caused by impaired abilities to maintain a healthy separatness and connectedness in relationships.Children who were listened to, loved, and felt that they were known by their parents grow up to be adults who navigate relationships with relative ease, and seek out and get comfort from closeness; they are, as attachment theory has it—developed by John Bowlby,- attached.Those who grew up in emotionally unstable circumstances, in families where love was either denied or disbursed in unreliable bursts, criticism or dismissal.

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