Nourishing attitudes are the foundation for a nourishing relationship.
Source: Dr. Jerry Greenwald in Be the Person You Were Meant to Be, 1973
Contributed by: Zaady
The prime source of nourishing interaction is authentic, intimate relating. Genuine relating is responding to the other and to his needs.
We all respond to those who are nourishing, and genuinely nourishing people will not be lonely.
Human functioning that is dominated by past experience is almost invariably toxic.
To refuse to let go of the past is to deny the natural process of change that is a function of every living organism.
Taking risks means reaching out in spite of fears and anxieties. We cannot expect our anxieties to just disappear. Only after we experience reaching out are anxieties and fears apt to diminish.
Routine and unvarying human behavior deadens us. To be alive involves variation in attitudes and behavior patterns.
Toughness is a valuable human attribute. The nourishing person can be very tough when the need arises, but he can do so without losing his warm, caring, and loving qualities.
Greediness is greediness, no matter how justified or sophisticated. It wears out the "feeder."
Relating to another on an intimate level means really listening with all one's senses. Only in this way can one know the other person as he is.
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