Dating someone therapy
One option is to talk with the person who lacks empathy and teach them about what you experience.
Self-awareness is the first step of change (which is why AA begins with introductions of first name and the statement, “I am an alcoholic”).
We unconsciously look for the missing parts of ourselves in the people we love.
This pattern of an empathetic, generous partner who is linked up with someone who is not is something I often see.
Think of this as an opportunity to teach each other about what’s not working.
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A witness listens and that in and of itself is valuable. The third thing you can ask for is that they become willing to offer a silent hug.
There have been many times in my office, where all I could really do was be a witness and over the years I’ve learned to trust just how helpful that can be. There is so much comfort in just being held – that in and of itself can be healing.