May 19, 2020
If there’s another big contagion going around, it’s blame. Its infectious nature is so profound that it goes back and forth between a couple, trapping them in a cycle of criticism, pain, and disempowerment. No one wins in a relationship that plays the blame game - it has no positive impact on any of the parties involved. It’s sometimes difficult for people to see themselves tethered with the chains of blame, but to be able to co-create a relationship, one must rise to the challenge of letting go of blame and criticism.
In this episode, I discuss how blame erodes a relationship’s creative potential and how to overcome it. I illustrate blame and criticism’s addictive nature and describe the physiological stimuli we feel when we attack or blame another person. I discuss how chronic blaming could destroy your partner’s self-esteem and self-worth and how it could set you up for an unhealthy relationship in the future. I also share how we learn to blame another person through our parents as well as highlight how we can foster an environment where our children can learn responsibility instead of criticism.
“Blame is an endless loop. The antidote is curiosity, connection, appreciation, and responsibility.” - Pripo Teplitsky
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Theme music “These Streets” provided by Adi the Monk