Balancing Within Relationship: Whose side of the street?

This is one example of the power of allowing others to feel the real weight of their decisions when we are involved.  We make our own boundaries….and let the other person make theirs. Here is what Henry Cloud has to say:

“When a spouse says to the alcoholic, “you need to go to AA,” that is obviously not true. The addict feels no need to do that at all, and isn’t. But when she says, “I am moving out and will be open to getting back together when you are getting treatment for your addiction,” then all of a sudden the addict feels “I need to get some help or I am going to lose my marriage.” The need has been transferred. It is the same with any kind of problematic behavior of a person who is not taking feedback and ownership. The need and drive to do something about it must be transferred to that person, and that is done through having consequences that finally make him feel the pain instead of others. When he feels the pain, he will feel the need to change…A plan that has hope is one that limits your exposure to the foolish person’s issues and forces him to feel the consequences of his performance so that he might have hope of waking up and changing.”

― Henry Cloud, Necessary Endings: The Employees, Businesses, and Relationships That All of Us Have to Give Up in Order to Move Forward

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