Healthy Relationships Breathe In and Out Like An Accordion

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The two rhythmically alternating sides of an accordion serve as a good metaphor for healthy relationships, in which partners regularly alternate between being together and apart, writes Denver-based clinical psychologist Susan Heitler. Some guidelines to keep in mind as your partnership “accordions” in and out—keep your partner in your heart and reach out reasonably to each other when apart. By allocating enough of each kind of time, keeping within boundaries and maintaining individual identity when together, as well as initiating in-out changes in direction, communicating effectively and treating hello and goodbye rituals with care, couples can sustain the balance between autonomy and belonging vital to assuring a long-lasting loving relationship.

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