Relationship Styles - Part 3 S787CD
Dr. John Townsend
The Eeyore - We all know people who put a negative spin on just about everything - much like Eeyore, the donkey from "Winnie the Pooh"! This type seems to have a string of reasons for not doing things or why things just won’t work out. You'll hear them say: "I’ll just stay home; I never have fun anyway". We may try to encourage these people out of their downer mind set - yet they persist in their negative thinking. What’s behind this tendency to expect the worst? We can shed some light here and perhaps help you help the Eeyores in your life to lighten up and enjoy life.
The Cling-On - The cling-on is often a very well intentioned and loving person - but their intense need to be close can truly squelch our desire for this person. They resist giving us space and constantly check in with us, taking our emotional temperature. They really don’t like to be left out of anything, so you may find yourself making excuses for why you need to go somewhere alone - you just need some breathing room. It’s not that you don’t care for them; they are smothering you and your affection for them. We will help get the space you need while still keeping the connection.
Live in Irvine, CA, April 30, 2007