Excerpt About Relationships

Openness to Being Affected by Another

It is possible to reach the point where we are not afraid of being affected or impacted by our friend or our partner. Not only aren’t we afraid, we feel we are strong enough, independent enough, to be affected by the other without feeling “I am going to lose myself.” We actually welcome being impacted because we understand that being affected is a natural part of relationship. A relationship cannot be real if the people do not affect each other. When there is empathy in the interaction in addition to presence, then mutual impact, mutual influence, can expand the relationship to an amazing depth and intensity.

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