Changing behavior, especially within a relationship, can be very difficult. It is possible, however, once a problem behavior is identified, to change it. Avoidance is one problem behavior which can be remedied by both partners agreeing to set times to be together. The key is for both partners to work together to change behaviors and improve the relationship. They can help keep one another from falling back on old, unhealthy habits. Even small changes can result in big relationship improvements over time, as those new behaviors become the habit.
- For us to break habits, we need to admit that we’ve gotten stuck in a negative behavior pattern that’s led us astray.
- People who are not gifted at connecting with others may project their fears and anxieties onto others.
- The process of self-growth is a journey one should take — ideally with support of their loved ones in the process.
“Finding the motivation to disrupt a bad habit can come from admitting how much it is costing us to continue to indulge in that habit.”