Learn how to talk with your partner about personal space in your relationship without being hurt
I am the weirdest person to be writing about the importance of personal space in a relationship because, if I could, I would be physically squished up against my husband and talking his ear off 24/7, never giving him any personal space. Ever.
Or maybe that makes me the perfect person to be writing personal space because I had to discover the awkward “it’s not you, it’s me” way that some people really do need physical and relational personal space in order for there to keep the relationship healthy.
Before I met my husband, I turned everything into a social experience! A quiet night at home sounded like torture and I wouldn’t even eat a meal if it wasn’t with someone. In fact, this is exactly how I got to know my husband Eric. After working our Starbucks shift together (Eric was my supervisor. Scandalous, I know, right?), I needed food and he happened to be the one who made it the “social experience” I needed to nourish myself. And the rest is history!
Because I’m still pretty new to this whole “personal space in a relationship” idea, I’ve recruited the expertise of the Pastor who married us, Warren Higley, and his lovely wife Elizabeth who has a career in the mental health field. [Read more…]