Growing up, you were probably taught, explicitly or implicitly, that the most desirable option for any self-respecting adult was independence; that needing someone… relying on someone… and needing reassurance was a sure sign of weakness.
Fortunately, there’s a new paradigm emerging and the science is clear.
- Effective dependence is optimal and loneliness is a greater risk to your health than smoking.
- Having a close, loving relationship and a partner who provides a safe-haven and secure base – especially in difficult times – calms the central nervous system and soothes the brain.
- Emotional closeness enables you to do more, be more; live more fully and take more risks.
It turns out, effective, healthy and mutual dependence is an extraordinary advantage in life.