Closeness Is Closer Than You Think

February 4, 2015 8:12 PM

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Closeness Is Closer Than You Think

People often come to me berating themselves and feeling like they are fated to never be close or truly known by another being. They talk about their early family life experiencing divorce, trauma, a history of bullying, going through a chronic medical crisis, grief, or a combination of these life events as permanent blocks to them ever getting close and feeling safe in an intimate, mutually healthy, romantic relationship or even friendship. The saddest part about this is people who feel anxious or uncomfortable with closeness deep down truly desire it and have the capacity for it--they just need the skills to get there.

Here are five steps to take to get more comfortable being yourself with others and deepen your relationships -- family, romantic, social and even professional.

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