MARRIAGE & EMOTIONALLY AVAILABLE PARTNERS
How emotionally available are you ?
Circle “T” or “F” to describe how you respond to the following situations.
The more “True” answers you circle, the likelier you are to have difficulty with emotional availability
- (T)(F) I seldom cry.
- (T)(F) If I feel like crying, I try everything I can to stop myself.
- (T)(F) I seldom saw my family express emotions when I was growing up.
- (T)(F) Emotions are embarrassing.
- (T)(F) There are many things from my childhood I don’t like talking about.
- (T)(F) I think people who express their emotions are weak or silly.
- (T)(F) People who get emotional at work risk ruining things for all of us.
- (T)(F) People do much better when they use logic, not emotions. Emotions are a waste of time
- (T)(F) If my friends want to talk about their relationships, I change the subject.
- (T)(F) When I hear people talk about how they feel, I’m not sure what they mean.
- (T)(F) Men have two emotions … content and angry… and they shouldn’t try to express anything else.
- (T)(F) I don’t like it when friends call to talk over their problems; I’m not their therapist.
- (T)(F) Healthy people can keep things to themselves at all times.
Baya Mebarek, Psy.D., LMFT