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4 More Reasons Why Receiving Is Harder Than Giving

We’re taught that loving means giving. If you love someone, you give all of yourself without wanting anything back.

Sounds good, sounds noble. Relationships suffer when we’re so self-absorbed that we’re not available for others. But giving is half of what loves requires from us. My experience as a psychotherapist for over thirty years reveals that relationships are just as likely to flounder because we’re not skilled at the art of receiving.

In an earlier article, I discussed five reasons why receiving is harder than giving. Here I offer four more angles on why being receptive is tricky. Being mindful of these challenges may allow you to receive more deeply.

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4 More Reasons Why Receiving Is Harder Than Giving

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  1. Thanks for this.


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