People are either strong enough to accept you as you are or they are not. If you found the courage to be yourself, they can find it in their heart to embrace you as you are. If they can't, it is not a good place to share your heart- at least that aspect of yourself.
In close relationships (romantic, family, or friendship), you are a package deal. Like
My girlfriend Donna gets truly sad when one of her friends is sad or struggling. I have found this willingness to feel deeply with someone more and more rare in our culture.
Many of us like to think we are empathetic to what our friends or clients are feeling. But are we really willing to feel with them if it is uncomfortable?
About the Author
I, Michael Hoffman, am a licensed psychotherapist, teacher, and author with 25 years experience in counseling and teaching experiential workshops. I have maintained this blog since 2009, and my second book Natural Way of Being will published in 2019.
I offer in-person and video-conferencing counseling, intensive workshops, and online courses to allow participants to directly experience their natural way of being and the life they would have for themselves.