However, if you’re unable to identify exactly what you’ve invested in and where you typically get something out of the relationship, then this may be a friendship you may want to reconsider.
When assessing, here are some areas you may want to explore: Investment Realistically, reciprocity between two people may not always have a constant and even flow.
It’s okay to assess Often when clients are challenged to asses the reciprocity, or the “give and take” in their relationships, a common complaint is they feel guilty and greedy for exploring how their relationships benefit them.
Assessing reciprocity is not about “tit for tat,” it about taking an honest look at the dynamics in your relationships and assessing the investment on each side. Where you each get your needs met and fulfillment in the relationship may be entirely different, and that’s common.
It is up to you to decide if you want to cut ties completely, confront your friend about the unbalance and how you feel about it, or you can decrease the amount of energy and effort you put into this relationship and simply prioritize this friendship less.
Perhaps, there is still something in this relationship you feel is rewarding to you, and you don’t want to let go completely, but you are will to let go slightly. Not every relationship will have the same level of closeness, connection, and time and energy spent.
Certain relationships are meant to fill a specific purpose and time in your life.
We all need people in our life who contribute to our growth in someway.
When we allow people in who do not add to our life in anyway, or simply take without giving back, we are susceptible to stagnation, burnout, or even a poor sense of self.The most important question to ask yourself in such a situation is, do you believe your friend would do the same for you?Would he/she sacrifice her needs and be the friend you need during this time?Reciprocal violence (perpetrated by both partners) is associated with increased injury in adults, but very little is known about the prevalence and context for reciprocal violence, as well as injury rates, among youth.We sought to determine the prevalence and scope of reciprocal dating violence and injury occurrence among urban youth in a high-risk community.
The Importance of Reciprocal Relationships While most of us would agree on the importance of reciprocal relationships, we don’t consciously think about this idea of reciprocity when it comes to friendships and romantic relationships.