"Relationship" are reciprocal be it friendship or any human connection.
Because I always thought friendships were one sided thing.
Most Helpful Guy
Yes, your therapist knows what they are talking about.
If you've only come this far, I think you still have a fair few sessions to get through.
But take a moment to think about what he/she is saying to you. "Relationship" is a very broad word. It doesn't always mean a friendship or a sexual or life partnership. It can mean any kind of human interaction like the relationship you have with your boss or employees or even the delivery guy. The thing is they are all reciprocal. But that doesn't mean you only get good, you also get bad. Remember that.1
Most Helpful Girl
If there is one and one thing only that I learned from a COMM class in college, it's reciprocity. You can not have a one sided relationship, or rather one that lasts long, because sure we should be giving and loving, etc. without necessarily demanding anything back, but so should the other person in the relationship or friendship in order to work. For example, of the last ten lunches you've eaten out with your friend, they've never once offered to pay, or you always invite your friend over to your house, but they never invite you to theirs, or you always listen to their problems when they call you or want to talk, but they never have time to listen to yours, even when its clear they do. After a while, you start to feel used, or like someone is mooching off you, rather then creating a balance in the relationship where when one gives the other receives and vice versa.1