Authenticity is a prerequisite to intimacy. There are many layers to authentic connections, communication being only part of it. Authenticity is a learned skill that needs to be nurtured and reinforced.
Unfortunately, most of us do not learn to relate authentically as children. Learning this as an adult usually requires more internal work than most would recognize. It requires some risks, but it is so worth it.
Authentic connections require several elements, including:
- Safety in relationships
Conscious risk-taking involves piecing all these elements together with the ability to recognize who can reciprocate.
Not everyone is capable of emotional intimacy. Many are unable to cope with open and honest connection. Conscious risk-taking allows you to determine when and with whom it is safe to be authentic.
You’ll learn more about these elements in this ebook.
Authentic connections enhance your life and help you to feel fulfilled. Practice connecting on an authentic level whenever you can, and soon, this skill will come to you naturally. It will serve you well to build and strengthen your relationships with those around you.