Sometimes our relationships with others just don’t work out. In some cases, we understand what went wrong, and how the relationship fell apart. We might even know who to blame.
But other times, we don’t seem to have any idea whatsoever why a relationship has ended, or what led it to derail. There may, in fact, be unconscious motivations or other things outside of our immediate awareness that led to the relationship’s demise.
So what do you do when this happens? How can you explore your unconscious motivations if they are… well, unconscious?
That’s why I’m pleased to introduce you to our new blog, Inside Out: Clean Out the Closet of your Unconscious with Dr. Jennifer Kromberg. This blog will, among other things, explore how the unconscious influences — and even drive — relationships.
Here’s what Dr. Kromberg has to say about her hopes for the new blog:
Most of my ideas come from my clinical work with young women’s relationship and body image challenges, but I hope to enrich these anecdotes with research and theory. For example, I so often work with patients who struggle with the idea that because someone else in a room is beautiful or funny or successful, they feel less so. But I’d like to include in the discussion of this kind of topic examples from the history of social comparison theory as well as current research.
Likewise I can imagine timely posts titled “5 Ways to Spring Clean your Unconscious” and “10 Ways Your Father Influences Your Current Relationship.” But I hope to bring to these light-sounding lists real scientific and theoretical meat.
That’s exactly what Psych Central is about — pulling in relevant research and clinical examples to help illustrate why we might do the things we do.
Dr. Kromberg has over 10 years experience working with the treatment of eating disorders. She has private offices in Beverly Hills and Torrance, where she specializes in working with family members of those struggling with eating disorders. You can learn more about her here.
Please give a warm Psych Central welcome to Dr. Kromberg!