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How Birth Order Impacts Your Life and Your Communication

Are you on top or bottom of the heap?

Long-term research confirms that our birth order and position within our family of origin have a predictable emotional effect on our lives.

Where do you fall within the members of your family? Were you the oldest, the middle child, or the youngest? Perhaps you were an only child.

Today on my blog and podcast, we’ll take a close look at birth order. Understanding how birth order impacts you will help you better negotiate your current relationships.

Families: Love Them or Hate Them

Do you remember when you were a kid and couldn’t wait to leave home? You couldn’t wait to do things the way you wanted without somebody telling you what you could or could not do.

But whether we like it or not, we take our families of origin with us. That includes our typical way of communicating. Whether through modeled behavior or words spoken, patterns of communication will be repeated from generation to generation until we recognize and replace them.

Today on my blog and podcast, I’ll show you how working through your past enables you to change dysfunctional patterns learned during childhood.

Relationships: Who Needs Them?

Relationships: Who Needs Them? | focuswithmarlene.com

 We enter relationships because we need people. We need what a relationship can bring, such as social activity and interactions, but we aren’t always ready to work on making that relationship valuable and meaningful.

We want to be loved and accepted for who we are in spite of our shortcomings. We want to be heard and understood.

Moving in and out of relationships is not very satisfying over the long term. So, understanding what we bring to our relationships and how we communicate with one another is important.

Perhaps you have experienced misplaced loyalty, broken commitments, and trampled expectations from those you considered friends, colleagues or spouses. If you have been hurt in relationships, you may ask: Relationships – who needs them? Wouldn’t I be happier staying out of any serious relationships?