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Modern Relationships: Challenges and Possibilities

One of the primary challenges people face in modern day relationships is our expectation from partners. Esther Perel in her book ‘Mating in captivity’ says, “Today we expect one person to give us what once an entire village used to provide.” If we used to expect our relationship to provide security, now we also expect it to provide freedom and adventure. If a relationship was about unity and closeness, now it is also about individuation and maintaining a healthy distance. The underlying challenge is that most of us have painful experiences either with getting close or getting separate. Most of which might have happened during the earlier stages of our life which we may not be aware of today.