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Relationship review: How emotionally naked did you get?

Psychologies columnist and coach Sarah Abell invites you to discover the latest questions to ask yourselves as a couple, to ensure a flourishing relationship in 2015

by Psychologies

getting emotionally naked with your partner

How much were you and your partner able to be authentic and vulnerable with each other over the last 12 months?

Psychologist Dr Sue Johnson believes that partners need to be able to build a strong emotional bond with each other. To do this, you need to be able to express your fears and needs.

‘Voicing your deepest emotions – sometimes sadness and shame, but most often attachment fears – may be the most difficult step, but it is also the most rewarding,’ she explainss. ‘It lets your partner see what’s really at stake with you when you argue.’

Sarah Abell is an author, speaker and coach, who specialises in helping people live, love and lead authentically. She is the founder of nakedhedgehogs.com. To buy her LifeLabs Practical Wisdom online course How to Save Your Relationship, please click here. You can try a free 3-day taster trial first too.

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Watch Psychologies' editor Suzy Greaves interview Sarah Abell on How to love more in 2015 on LifeLabs

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