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Excellent points, with which I agree. I smile about two 'clingy' people needing to get a room. ;-) But the 'clingy' to which I refer in my comment isn't physical, but emotionally dependent, in which there's never enough reassurance to satisfy.
Thank you dashingscorpio. You have indeed raised some excellent points as Nillieanna has also said. Thank you for them. Yes the word 'clingyness' could be indeed be thought of in both ways then.
Emotional independence may be a term someone uses to say they feel their mate is "too clingy". -- by this do you mean emotional co-dependency rather than emotional independence?
Hi midget38: Thank you for your appreciative comment. Yes communication does play a big role.
It's very much about communication and a clear mutual understanding of each person's needs. As dashingscorpio points out, it begins with choosing a compatible mate who shares one's preferences or fully understands them.
Hi lburmaster: You brought up an interesting way to look at it. Thank you
Yes, each can certainly be interdependent together, meaning sharing responsibility lovingly for the relationship & its sphere, but still each be personally emotionally steady & independent, without withholding themselves emotionally from each
Hi Nillieanna- thank you for your explanation and comment. I fully agree especially the DIY point.
Hi mathira: Thank you for your explanation particularly the emotional aspect.
We sat in circle as observers yesterday & experienced some intensive psychodynamic work by young people from dysfunctional families and with various challenges. It dealt directly with emotional independence. Interesting to have the Q & A here
Amen! Excellent overview and in-depth grasp of the meaning of what we're talking about. Another term for it might be Maslow's "Self-Actualization".
Maslow's 'Hierarchy of Needs,' often depicted as a triangle, is interpreted in a golden spiral in my hub,
Hi cebutouristspot: Thank you for stopping by and your comment.