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May 26, 2020

When your partner asks you about what you’re feeling, what’s your typical response? Do you attempt to change the subject or joke around? Freeze for a while? Or maybe start blaming your partner? Everyone can find it challenging to open up their inner world of emotions - but a lot of men find it particularly difficult to do. It’s understandable why the topic of emotions and feelings can be puzzling for men. Yet, emotional honesty is a crucial aspect of cultivating intimacy, connection, and trust in a relationship; it’s an essential tool that everybody needs to develop to become relational heroes.


In today’s episode, I discuss the difficulty men experience when they share their emotional world in their relationships. I reveal the significance of emotional honesty in cultivating connection and intimacy in relationships. I explain why men avoid the topic of emotions and opening up to their partners and explain how a person should respond when someone shares their feelings, despite the difficulty of expressing them. I also highlight the importance of cultivating emotional truth within our friendships and share a story about a friend who honestly shared their feelings and emotions.


“This path of emotional honesty is the way of the relational hero.” - Pripo Teplitsky


This week on Relationships! Let’s Talk About It: 

  • What it means to be emotionally honest
  • How and why men avoid expressing their feelings and emotions
  • The relational dread and fear that men feel when they’re asked to open up their feelings
  • The vulnerability that comes with being emotionally truthful and how shame prevents us from sharing our emotions with our partners
  • Responding and validating our partners when they attempt to share their feelings despite their difficulty in expressing emotions
  • How our childhood upbringing influences how we express, contain, or avoid our emotions
  • Speaking our emotional truth without anger, blame, or judgment
  • The difference between emotional honesty, behavioral honesty, and outbursts of anger
  • Developing your distress tolerance to cultivate emotional honesty
  • The impact of emotional honesty on intimacy
  • The importance of practicing emotional honesty within friendships


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