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10 Ways to Get Your Partner to Emotionally Engage

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In relationships it is important for each partner to be emotionally engaged. When one of the partners is not emotionally engaged, it can be hard to make the relationship work. When you are able to have a deep discussion with someone and feel like you are being heard, things in life will seem so much better. If you feel that your partner is not emotionally engaged there are a few things you can do, according to Barton Goldsmith Ph.D. 

  1. Identify your feelings
  2. Share your true emotions
  3. Feel the fire, but don't get burned
  4. Ask for a response
  5. Find a safe place where you can vent
  6. Never assume how someone else feels 
  7. Make the dialogue meaningful
  8. Accept that you may not feel great afterwards
  9. Speak how you want to be spoken to 
  10. If you don't get what you need, get help

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Chris Massman is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Chris' training includes Family Systems Theory along with numerous other theories. She believes therapy is an art and chooses the theory she feels will most benefit the individual sitting in front of her. Her specialty lies is in the field of Chemical Dependency and Addictions. Chris is currently seeing individuals, couples and families. Chris is a Clinical member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists as well as the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. Chris has two locations including Tarzana and Agoura Hills, CA.