Emotional distance, clearly an indicator of a crisis, isn’t just something that happens within a relationship, it also happens in families.
The emotional bond in families and between two people need continual, constant care. We must pay attention to our relationships, and learn to care; so that we can maintain and reinforce our close bond.
When anyone puts emotional distance between them and others, they are shutting themselves off to what was once a flourishing relationship. It is important we continue to connect emotionally.
That is the ideal, but relationships will often fail because they are weighed down by fears, history, insecurities and expectations that can create misunderstandings, miscommunications and emotional distance.
Family relationships are the hardest to navigate, particularly where a shared history, and expectations initiate most, or all of our difficulties and the cracks begin to appear. It is important we pay attention to the signs.
Emotional distance if used appropriately, shouldn’t mean ignoring the issues that need to be addressed; it should allow time for both parties to think about how they can fix their relationship. We must be aware of critical moments in our relationships, we mustn’t run from those.
Depending on our issues and circumstances, we may go through different stages in our relationships. Sometimes we will be less emotionally present in those times.