Universal Relationship Needs

Some psychologists try to quantify the health of a relationship by looking at the quantity of positive interactions while others look at the satisfaction of the relationship and still others investigate how the partners are meeting each others’ needs. Dr. Will Meek writes that the latter, the partners meeting each others’ needs, is centrally important in therapeutic work. Relationship needs are things that cannot be provided by an individual for themselves. They depend on a partner to meet those needs for them. Those needs for an adult are: Companionship, Belonging, Affection, and Emotional Support. An ideal couple meets all three of these needs for each other in their relationship.


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