Relationships form the bedrock of who you are and how you show up in the world. From birth throughout life, relationships with those around you influence you. How you perceive yourself relative to other people is paramount to your sense of well-being. Who is the you that you take into relationships? Multiple answers are valid for this question, as varied as each individual and each situation. The question becomes one seeking authenticity.
Levels of intimacy depend on your relationships—parents, other family members, partner, children, boss, coworkers, friends, neighbors, and the list is never-ending. How you show up in your relationships depends on your responses to the people in your life. And your responses depend on your values and attitudes.