Authentic Connections


Authenticity is a prerequisite to intimacy and a learned skill that needs to be nurtured and reinforced. There are many layers to authentic connections, communication being only part of it. Unfortunately, most of us do not learn to relate authentically as children.

Learning this as an adult usually requires more internal work than most would recognize. It requires some risks, but it is so worth it.

This guide will give you the steps to start.


Table of Contents

  • Introduction 5
  • Safety: The Foundation of Intimate Relationships 8
  • Safety in Relationships 8
  • Story: Randy and Nancy 11
  • Acceptance of Self and Others 16
  • Self-Awareness and Vulnerability 18
  • Story: Kaylee 20
  • Empathy and Compassion 25
  • Your Stuff and My Stuff 25
  • Boundaries 27
  • Turn Down the Intensity of Your Emotional Reactions 28
  • Mindfulness 30
  • Verbal Expression of Empathy 32
  • Conscious Emotional Risks 34


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