CHAPTER 7

UNDERSTANDING YOUR OWN BEHAVIOR IN RELATIONSHIPS

The ability to make effective choices and live an authentic life depends to a great extent on a capacity to be self-reflective. Self-awareness is the greatest asset people have for living fulfilling lives that provide a sense of direction and influence over what happens to them. If people do not understand their own feelings, fears, values, intentions, and patterns of behaviors, their lives can be like corks bobbing on the ocean. This may provide an interesting journey, but there will definitely be no sense of control over their own destiny. Such travelers will always be a little puzzled about how and why their lives unfold.

Because relationships with others play a significant role in ...

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