The Effects Of Healthy And Unhealthy Relationships

1426 WordsJun 28, 20156 Pages
Through this reflection I will discuss the impact of both healthy and unhealthy relationships have had upon my personal life. Through the examples of my father and my youth pastor Steve I will explore how my image of God as a father has grown and developed and how healthy and unhealthy relationships have changed that. I will begin by reflecting on my unhealthy relationship with my father and the negative impact that has had on my image of God. Secondly I will reflect on my healthy relationship with Steve and the positive impact that has had on my image of God. Finally, I will reflect on how this has impacted my personal and spiritual growth as well as how I approach relationships. Session One of Spiritual Formation 2 states that "Relationships provide meaning and purpose to our existence. They can also contribute positively to an individual’s sense of security, self-esteem and well-being." If relationships can contribute positively to an individual 's sense of security, self-esteem and well-being then they can also contribute to those things in a negative way. During my childhood my father was constantly absent due to work and because of that I always felt like he didn 't care about my passions and never felt supported by him. As a younger male I wanted a significant male in my life not only to love me unconditionally but also to like me and want to be around me. Someone who would teach me 'secret men 's business ', would tell me they are proud of me and with whom I could
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