Do you find yourself in a cycle of relationships with emotionally unavailable partners again and again? Do you wonder why you keep being attracted to the same type of person again and again?
Sadly many adults struggle with intimate relationships because as children they survived heartbreaking neglect.
If you felt easily dismissed by your parent or had to fight hard to get any recognition from them growing up, then you can easily get ‘hooked’ again by partners that you have to pursue that play hard to get.
Therapy can help you break those unconscious patterns of being attracted to the same type of partner again and again.
I hate it when I hear people say “trust your gut!” It’s important to be very suspicious of your gut if you’re profoundly attracted to someone. Those ‘gut feelings’ are what caused these patterns of attraction to the wrong people!
Your ‘gut’ might make you feel very attracted to those same types that are only pursuing you when you’re not available and as soon as they ‘catch’ you they lose interest in you. This can destroy your self esteem. Therapy sessions can help you change your values and your actions and stop relying on your gut (or unconscious) attractions.
-You usually fall for partners who will never ever settle down or commit to you and will often cheat on you multiple times.
-You focus a lot on pleasing your partner and trying to appease their needs and wants whereas your needs and wants seem to fall by the wayside. This isn’t a healthy relationship by the way!
-You feel incomplete unless you are in a relationship or needed.
-You feel incomplete unless you are getting sexual validation from someone.
-You find yourself in relationships that are very one sided where you are prepared to do anything to fix things and they say you’re ‘needy.’
-You are a ‘rescuer’ and want to ‘fix’ your faulty partner rather than accept that what you see is what you get. You may get an emotional high from helping or be quite codepedent.
-You are searching more for the ‘high’ feelings of infatuation and romance rather than a trusting, mutal, mature, relationship.
-You feel like you’re the one that is always more emotionally invested in the relationship than your partners.
-You try hard to mould yourself into the person you think your partner wants.
-Perhaps you are emotionally unavailable yourself and you’re attracted what you give out.
-You aren’t attracted to calm, consistent and kind people that don’t play games because you’re not attracted to them and don’t feel any ‘spark.’
-You are always attracted to ‘bad boys’ or ‘wild girls.’
-You think the hottest sex ever is when you’re trying to seduce or convince a hard to get person to be with you.
-You assume the highs and lows of anxiety, suspense, inconsistency and games are signs of chemistry. (they aren’t)
-You’re only sexually attracted to emotionally unavailable types.
-You believe you have to work super dooper hard to keep your partner interested because they’re so much more worthy and fascinating than you and they could easily lose interest and find someone else at the click of a finger.
-Your parter has all the power and control in the relationship and everything is set by their terms never yours.
-You desire a lot of closeness in a relationship but keep being with people who push you away and want a lot of alone time.
-You get trapped in dead end relationships that aren’t going anywhere for years and fall for the appeal of where the person could be rather than who they are today.
-People tell you that you just haven’t met the ‘right person’ when the reality is probably that you already have met the right person long ago but you were turned off by them because they were too ‘available.’
When you’re dating someone ask them how they ended their past relationships and read between the lines to see if you can spot an emotionally unavailable abandoner. These abandoners cannot commit to a relationship and have all sorts of justifications for ending a relationship with someone-often blaming it on their exes ‘neediness.’ This wasn’t the reason. They broke up with their ex because they are emotionally unavailable.
In the honeymoon phase of a relationship it can be hard to see who someone truly is that’s why it’s important to look at their relationship history. Don’t try to convince yourself that you’re different and special and now that you’re here you can change them! That’s like juggling broken glass.
Don’t look at their relationship history through rose coloured glasses. Who they were in their relationships in the past reveals their present capacity for intimacy.
It is possible to break these patterns with the help of a therapist.
Going within is where the solutions lie. Perhaps it is time to take a break from dating and do some work on yourself with a therapist rather than continue this destructive cycle of toxic relationships with unavailable partners. Take some downtime with me in confidential skype sessions so that you can take the power back and not keep repeating these painful and often soul destroying cycles with your relationships.