One of my favoritest things to do is analyze relationships. (Like, duh, right? Why else would I have this job?) But not in a super judgmental way. Not in a way where I'm like picking apart other couples' dynamics to criticize. Just the opposite, actually. In the work that I do, in order to help individuals or couples through coaching, I need to be able to understand their relationship as comprehensively as possible, with limited interaction. Because I'm not living in the relationship experience the same way members of a couple are, right? I'm not there every day and every night, through every celebration and every conflict, through the daily mundane and the extraordinarily special moments like they are. I need to be able to intake limited information, interpret it through a professional lens, and translate that interpretation back to my client in helpful and actionable ways.
One of my all-time gold star, go-to, reliable and helpful AF frameworks to help me understand a relationship is Robert Sternberg's Triangular Theory of Love. It's one of those "theories" that just ALWAYS. MAKES. SENSE to me. It's so real! Want me to prove it? Let me explain, and then I'm 100% positive you'll be able to see how it applies to your own romantic relationships...Read More