När relationer drivs av omsorg och dialog i stället för kontroll

En vanlig medveten eller omedveten reaktion ur osäkerhet gentemot sig själv och den andre är projicering och perfektionism. Här förklarar Mikulincer och Shaver sina tankar kring dessa med avslutning av ett citat med James Hollis. Vissa begrepp är här inte definierade men jag har ändå valt att posta citatet.

Secure people can perceive and treat others as “whole objects” rather than imaginary “part objects” who exist solely to satisfy their own needs. In this way, secure people are better equipped to form mature I-Thou relationships. 

Such relationships allow us to see that our relationship partners are more complicated and more valuable than our projections, which means we can expand and extend ourselves by engaging in authentic dialogue with them. Hollis provided a good description of the self-expansion that occurs in this kind of dialogical relationship:

“When relationship are not driven by need, but by caring for the other as other, then we are free to experience him or her. When we let go of our projections… we are free to love. When we are free to love, we are present to the mystery embodied by the other. Without such mystery we are prisoners of childhood, trapped in the trivial. Blake said he could see eternity in the gram of sand; so we lesser mortals may glimpse the eternal in and through our beloved. This other, paradoxically, is a sacred vehicle toward ourselves, not because we use the other to serve our own narcissistic ends, but because he or she serves our deepest end by remaining wholly other. (p64)”

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