Breaking Free From Bad Relationship Patterns


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In this Webinar:

  • Identify patterns of recreating past dynamics in adult romantic relationships
  • Learn how early attachment style influences attractions and behaviors
  • Understand how people may select, distort, and provoke partners to recreate old, familiar feelings
  • Recognize the role childhood defenses and the “critical inner voice” play in relationships
  • Break free of limiting patterns to enjoy stronger, more fulfilling relationships

Many relationship challenges people face are based on negative prescriptions from their past. A person’s earliest attachment experiences serve as models for relationships throughout their lives, influencing everything from the partners they choose to the ways they relate to whether or not a relationship lasts. People’s brains are actually wired to recreate conditions from their early life. Childhood experiences help lay down neural networks that later lead people to stimulate a familiar environment. Especially when their attachments were strained, individuals are likely to elicit these same patterns from future relationships. This helps explain why so many people keep winding up with the same relationship problems.

In this 90-minute Webinar, Dr. Lisa Firestone will shed light on crucial ways one’s early environment influences their romantic relationships. Drawing on research from attachment theory as well as her and her father, Dr. Robert Firestone’s, concepts of the “critical inner voice” and “selection, distortion, and provocation,” she will  explain why people are subconsciously driven to recreate dynamics from their past. Whether by choosing partners who make them feel old, familiar ways, repeating negative patterns they witnessed or experienced, or playing out half of a destructive dynamic, people are rarely aware of the ways they create their own nightmare in relationships. Fortunately, by identifying these patterns and connections, both individuals and therapists working with clients can learn tools for breaking free of defenses and behaviors that no longer serve them and for making more conscious decisions about both who they want to be with and who they want to be in their relationships. With this knowledge, people can challenge deep-rooted patterns and forge a new romantic destiny.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Recognize how early attachment patterns shape a client’s adult relationships
  2. Describe how methods or defenses formed to deal with pain and anxiety in childhood later come to limit people as adults in their ability to develop and sustain attachments
  3. Observe the negative thoughts a person has toward self, partner, and relationships in order to provide targeted interventions
  4. Discuss how the process of selection, distortion, and provocation is used to recreate familiar dynamics from a person’s history


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