Emotional distance, clearly an indicator of a crisis, isn’t just something that happens within a relationship, it also happens in families. When anyone puts emotional distance between themselves and others, they are ultimately shutting themselves off to what was once a flourishing relationship.
The emotional bond in families and between two people need continual, constant care. We must all pay attention to our relationships, learn to care and pay attention to them so that we can maintain and reinforce our close bond.
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 always the hardest to navigate, particularly where a shared history, and expectations initiate most or all of our difficulties and cracks begin to appear. It is important we pay attention to those signs.
Emotional distance if used appropriately, shouldn’t mean ignoring 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 the relationship; 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.