To emotionally connect, you have to get someone to emotionally open up first, then emotionally be engaged or involved.
Emotionally open up. Then, emotionally connected. No opening up. No connection.
Emotional bonding goes further than emotional connection.
In fact, you can be emotionally connected but not be emotionally bonding.
Mind bungling isn’t it? How’s that even possible?
I’ll use the example of the hotel receptionist again.
The last several days you said “Good morning” as you passed the lobby. No thought or feeling, just going through the motions. It’s what you are supposed to do if you live in polite society.
Like that low or minimum contact thing you’ve been doing. Send a text. Wait a few days. Send a text. Wait a few days. Repeat.
You think you are “trying to get back your ex”, but all you are doing is going through the motions. Since there is not much thought or feeling in it, you could even set your phone to do it for you.
But let’s say, one day, instead of saying “Good morning” and going your merry or miserable way, you stop to compliment her or talk to him for a minute or two. You ask a few questions and get to know him/her not just as the “receptionist”, but as a PERSON.
With just a simple gesture, you made him/her FEEL good. You know something else? You made an emotional connection.
You put thought and feeling into the interaction and made him/her FEEL you actually cared about him/her as a human being.
You could have simply done the same thing you have always done; say “Good morning” and go your way and it wouldn’t have mattered. You wouldn’t care, and he/she wouldn’t care. No foul, no harm. No mistakes and no progress either.
But because you showed you care, you changed the dynamic of your “relationship”. Now you are no longer “just another” patron doing polite, you are that person who showed you think about things HE/SHE cares about, and care about people HE/SHE cares about.
You didn’t even have to talk about your “feelings” for him/her, or talk about his/her “feelings” for you. You simply showed you cared about him/her as a person.
Getting it, now?
You made an emotional connection, but that doesn’t mean you emotionally bonded. The receptionist isn’t going to ask for your private number, call you to just chat or knock at your door because he/she wants a hug.
To get to the long late night chats and cuddles there has to be an emotional bond. Well, not really. You can get the late night knock if it’s your “lucky” day (if you know what I mean). That’s not what I am talking about, though.
I am talking about chats and hugs that actually mean more. I am talking about a set of feelings and emotions that make someone FEEL attached to you.
I understand that for some, “attached” is probably an obscene word.
I have had men and women who want their ex back say to me “Wouldn’t that make him/her think I am attached to him/her?”
And I am like… “Ye-es. Isn’t that what you want?”
And they are like… “NO! I don’t want him/her to think I am attached to him/her, and I definitely don’t want to be attached to him/her, or to anyone for that matter.”
“Ok-ay. So how’s this ‘relationship’ thing going to work if you don’t want to be attached to anyone?”
Of course I know exactly what they are saying. They are saying, “I am afraid of getting close to anyone because when I do, I lose myself, can’t control my feelings and emotions and as a result suffocate anyone I get close to”.
Unhealthy or insecure attachment is bad for you, bad for your ex (or partner) and bad for any relationship. Healthy attachment is not.
Personally I don’t trust anyone who’s not attached (in a healthy way) to anyone or anything. Something is seriously “wrong”.
Okay, where were we? The hotel receptionist…
You made him/her FEEL positive feelings and emotionally connected. But one time emotional connection is not enough to create an emotional bond.
You have to arouse and engage a set of feelings and emotions to get him/her to FEEL attached or bonded to you.
This takes time and attention to build and grow. It may take days, weeks or months.
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