We all have our own unique relationships with family, friends, and partners. But did you know that our earliest experiences can shape how we interact in these relationships? Our early experiences not only impact the way we view ourselves but also how we approach relationships, for better or worse. Let’s look at how our early experiences shape our relationships.
Our past experiences in childhood, both good and bad, can have a lasting impact on our adult lives. For example, if you experienced consistent love and affection from your parents in your childhood home, you are more likely to carry that same attitude into your adult relationships. On the other hand, if you experienced a lack of affection or emotional support during childhood, it may be difficult for you to open up to people as an adult and accept their love and support.
In addition to the relationship between parents and child impacting adult relationships, the relationship between two parents also has an effect on how children view relationships later in life. If children observe their parents maintaining a healthy relationship with each other—one based on respect and communication—they will gain positive insights into what a healthy relationship looks like. Similarly, if they witness their parents having difficulties with communication or conflict resolution skills, they may struggle to maintain successful relationships themselves as adults due to lack of knowledge or insight into what makes a relationship successful.
If you feel that your early experiences are negatively impacting your current relationships, there is help available. Relationship therapy provides people with tools to help them overcome any issues caused by their early experiences so they can work towards creating healthier connections with others. At Orlando Thrive Therapy we specialize in helping individuals identify negative patterns in their behavior so they can make changes and improve their current relationships while gaining insight into why they exist in the first place.
Our early experiences play an important role in shaping who we become as adults and how we interact with others throughout our lives. It’s important to be aware of this dynamic so that we can address any potential issues before it becomes too late and damage is done in our relationships. If this resonates with you and you believe that your past is preventing you from achieving success in your current relationships don't hesitate to contact us at Orlando Thrive Therapy for more information about how we can help! We look forward to hearing from you!
Heather Oller is the owner and founder of Orlando Thrive Therapy, Coaching, and Counseling. She is a licensed counselor and a family mediator who has over 23 years of dedicated work as a professional in the mental health field. Through her company's mission, she continues to pave the way for future therapists, and their clients, who want a higher quality of life....and who want to thrive, rather than just survive. You can contact Orlando Thrive Therapy at 407-592-8997 for more information.