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-What does it mean to ‘define a relationship?’

-How can we set clear expectations in our relationships through defining them?

-Why should we start defining our codependent relationships asap?

Welcome to Episode 122! This week, we hear from Jamal Jones, LMFT, on how to ‘define relationships.’ Jamal shares with us how, what, why, and when we can take our relationships–especially our codependent ones–and clarify our expectations through defining them. Jamal provides helpful examples to improve our understanding of how we can implement relationships definition in our personal, professional, and social life. We conclude with tangible steps for how to define relationships and hear about the long-term benefits, including self-awareness and healthy boundaries. It’s a must-listen!

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Jamal Jones is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), Entrepreneur, Speaker and Coach. In his clinical practice he specializes in Marriage Counseling, Therapy For Men, and People of Color.

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We begin with hearing Jamale’s definition of codependency, which he sees in behaviors like people-pleasing, difficulty making decisions, an inability to acknowledge and own one’s needs, etc. Jamal describes codependents often live a life, have a mindset, and display patterns that are focused on pleasing others.

Jamal opens up about his own codependency as a professional in his former career. He emphasizes how, as a consequence to his codependency, he was vulnerable as a service-oriented, heart-oriented professional where he sought the approval of his boss. Like many of his clients, Jamal recognizes how he was depressed, anxious, afraid, and suffering as a consequence of his codependency.

We shift focus to Jamal’s expertise with helping his clients define relationships. Jamal provides an example of a relationship evolving from dating to a long-term commitment. Similar to dating, Jamal encourages us codependents to define relationships in all areas of our life.

He describes hwo we can start to define relationships by identifying what is important to us; by getting clear on who we are, our values, our needs, etc. Jamal suggests Stephen Covey’s book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People as a start. In addition, he encourages us to be proactive and create a self-care plan to create actions to shift from being dependent to independent.

Thanks for coming on Jamal! And thank you for listening, my dear listener!
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