Our personal relationships can be the source of our greatest comfort and joy, and our greatest strife and pain.
Some find themselves very alone in the world, having difficulty finding people with whom they can relate and genuinely connect. Others find themselves surrounded but still feeling alone, disconnected, and unable to really trust in their relationships.
Some find themselves too connected to those in their lives, feeling overly responsible for others (codependency), and tending to lose their sense of self when connected. Still others tend toward isolation and the wish to exclude personal relationships altogether.
Whatever version applies, we all experience some of our greatest challenges in relationship to others.