The way other people shape us

Today I briefly reflect on the way we are shaped by all our experiences, including the relationships we are part of.

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Do you ever hear yourself say something, and think you sounded just like someone else? It may be a parent, partner, friend, child, anyone close really, even a character from television!
 
We are an amalgam of all of our life experiences, including all the people we have spent time with, in reality and even through media and the arts. We cannot not be influenced by others, we are relational beings. When we are in tune with another, mirror neurons are firing, we are able to empathise, We can feel what we see, hear and sense in the other, and this changes us.
 
We are not entirely separate. We exist in a web of relationships that hopefully enrich our lives and inform our way of being. Let’s be honest, sometimes relationships can drain and sadden us too, these ones equally influence who and how we are, just in different ways. Most relationships have a bit of both, nothing is one sided.
 
Accepting both ourselves and others as we are is crucial. Acceptance helps us to be ourselves while in relationship with others. When you know and like yourself you can more ably choose what you do and don’t take in, and you can be mindful of the way others shape and influence you, and you them.
 
To learn more about yourself in relationship, try psychotherapy.

Fe Robinson, Psychotherapist

Hi. I'm Fe, and I'm here to help you thrive, whatever life brings. I believe every client is unique, I work with you to help you explore, discover and grow in whatever ways are right for you. I work with a wide range of clients, both long and short term. I offer Psychotherapy, EMDR therapy and Couples Counselling to UK clients online and in Gainford, Co.Durham in North-East England. I am UKCP Accredited and an EMDR Europe Practitioner, and offer Clinical Supervision to counsellors and psychotherapists online and in person. Following a career in Organisation Development I became a therapist because it's my heart work. Before having my family and starting my private practice I worked in the NHS and mental health charities.