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Fears that Ruin Relationships

Loving someone is risky business, so it’s natural that fear is present in relationships.

But, when fear operates in our life in a way that hurts us or hurts others — through aggression or withdrawal — it becomes a problem.

Recognizing these fears and how they affect our life can help us make the necessary changes to get the love we want.

  1. Fear of losing freedom. Tied down, trapped, cornered, stuck—this “claustrophobia” points to mistaken beliefs about what relationships are supposed to be.
  2. Fear of conflict. Let’s face it, love can be messy. But it doesn’t have to be destructive. Constructive communication skills can be learned.
  3. Fear of change. Change means work, discomfort, uncertainty. But oh, the rewards of growth and depth and renewal!
  4. Fear of giving up or losing control. We don’t have to surrender personal power in a healthy relationship.
  5. Fear of pain. Ultimately, we must decide whether we trust fear or trust love.
  6. Fear of being “found out.” When we hide our true self from those we love, we’re usually afraid that our true self is unlovable.
  7. Fear of losing self. Often this comes from watching others (parent, friend, relative) suppress their individuality in relationship.
  8. Fear of not being enough. When we fear our own inadequacy, we often expect perfection in our partners.
  9. Fear of rejection. To avoid being rejected, we may become pleasers, taking our authentic needs and desires out of the equation.
  10. Fear of dependency. Some worry about losing the ability to take care of themselves, some about the responsibility for others.

Monica Ramunda is a solution-focused online therapist with two office locations in Louisville and Capital Hill, Denver for in-office visits. With a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and more than 16 years of experience in therapy and counseling, Monica works as both a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Registered Play Therapist (RPT) with adults and children respectively. Much of Monica’s success is based on her eclectic orientation and drawing on a wide range of different approaches and techniques, all the while remaining strongly grounded in the principles of Cognitive Behavioral Techniques (CBT).