Underlying Beliefs About Relationships
Perhaps one of the strongest influences upon your relationship with your partner is your family of origin, or in other words, the family in which you grew up. The "rules" about relationships and family life you learned in your childhood can significantly impact the way in which you operate in relationship today. We are pulled to react in the old, familiar ways despite, at times, our best intentions to be completely different from our family. Many counselors and therapists start working with you by mapping your 'family system' or the network of relationships that surrounded you as you grew up.