We’re talking about love today on SelfWork. Unconditional love often gets the thumbs up as the best or most selfless kind of love to have. Parents certainly want to welcome their children into the world with unconditional love. But there can be a problem when, as an adult, you don’t set boundaries at all, and “loving unconditionally” can be manipulated fairly easily.

Then there’s conditional love, when love will be withdrawn if certain expectations aren’t followed. The boundaries or expectations themselves are manipulative, but often don’t feel like they are. Why? Because they’re couched in terms of “closeness” or “loyalty.” I’ll give several examples of conditional love and you can see if you recognize it in your own life.

So your selfwork today is to look at the boundaries in your own relationships. Are the boundaries clear and respected, or perhaps not so much?

The listener email for today is from someone who defines herself as a “people pleaser” and asks how she can change that particular pattern.

Important Links:

John Amodeo in Psychology Today

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