Growing Together While Staying True to You – with Dr. Joli Hamilton
Growing together in relationships is critical to its success. Today, we are joined by psychologist Dr. Joli Hamilton who shares the importance of unmasking (being the real you) while also striving to grow together in your relationship. Joli and I do not share the same beliefs when it comes to certain major aspects of relationships, yet I hope you can see this conversation as a model on how to find common ground on the things you do agree on while still remaining open to learn new methods of relating to others. It’s good stuff!
I started the interview by asking Joli, “Do you believe there’s a special person out here for someone?” Her answer will make you pause and think.
We also discussed why growth is an important concept for us to understand in relationships. We are meant to help one another grow together. Relationships tend to bring out our real selves, but sadly, instead of owning our part, many of us we blame our partner, when all they’re doing is holding a mirror up to what’s really going on inside of us. #thatpart
Some other nuggets from Joli:
‘Be more interested in each other’s growth than your own comfort.”
“Love is about knowing someone completely and being fully known.”
“Some couples practice not feeling their life.” (Whoo lord! That was deep!)
And then Joli talked about a concept called “Individuation.” I just like the sound of the word, but the concept is also an important one.
This episode was full of so much gold that I split it into part one and part two. I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did.
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