CINDY MORRIS, Clinical Director
No matter how you look at it relationships can get complicated—whether it is a relationship with work colleagues, family, or friends. As more people are added into the mix, the more layers of interpersonal dynamics are at play. Also, being a person who is sensitive to the emotions of others and has an affinity for putting myself in “other people’s shoes,” I can create extra layers of complexity. I find that it doesn’t take very long before I have a hard time figuring out what I want and whether I want it because someone else wants it or I want it independent of others’ preferences. This dynamic shows up not only in one-on-one interpersonal interactions but social interactions as well. It takes focus and mindful attention to be aware of whether I am participating in social situations because I want to, feel obligated to, or want to please someone I care about.