In most relationships there is a negative pattern, which in the EFT is called 'The negative dance' or 'negative cycle'.
When that cycle dominates, we're all challenged as a couple.
The positive cycle is when there is mutual soft emotions and the relationship feels alive.
It is typical when the negative pattern takes up too much space in our daily life, that one begins considering couple therapy.
The negative cycle can become a spiral of criticism, blame, pullaway, etc.
For all of us it’s a difficult and recognizable spiral, which we must have tools to stop.
We're often good at articulating what we're unhappy about, and what we don't want, and may find it very difficult to see ourselves and what is our own inner needs and part in the conflict.
The Emotionally Focused Couple therapy and Imago couple therapy methods have in common that we get a clearer eye on the pattern and join as a team to solve it. And after some time and pratice, we get into a more soft and safe contact. And whats important: that when we get into the unavoidable negative pattern again, we can more quickly and with more ease, get out of it againby helping eachother. It takes practice and time.
In practicing couples therapy - in expressing ourselves and opening up, our partner can more easily understand, what we are struggling with; the relationship is seen as ok; we are both ok.
We do go into a negative spiral and then the spiral takes away the safe space and the joy. It gets hard.On the outside, what is the content of our fights, we often express irritation, frustration, anger and criticism. In the negative dance, we point the finger at each other, so that we both end up feeling inadequate and lonely.
On the inside weare often longing for our partner doing something else, showing up in another way – that he or she shows and expresses the softer emotions and vulnerability. For both of us, we don't always know what we are longing for and how to expres. Or it comes out of our mouth as demands and critic, and the partner feels wrong, inadequate, worthless and empty.