For those folks that know how to apply for the job and get through the interview process (dating), many are often stumped when it comes to doing the actual job and then get upset when they get a bad performance review. I am a strong advocate for couples
counseling when things are going well. It is the time when there is enoughresiliency in the couple to have complex discussions about expectations, how to remove assumptions and explore areas of the relationship that might be intimidating during times of duress. This is called getting the job escription.
An important part of understanding the job description is figuring out what your role is and how it hanges. You will play many roles for different aspects of your life together. For example, when it comes to health care -- what does your artner expect from you and what are you trying to do? There are three ore roles when it comes to health care:
1. Care giver. The care giver does just that -- gives care It is the person who does your laundry, cooks your meals, ensures you et your medicine, gets you to your appointments, etc. "Sweetheart, let me do that for you."
2. Care manager. A care manager does not do the day to day caregiving for you, but helps to set an expectation, create a plan and checks in to ensure that the plan is being followed. "Honey, did you eat lunch today?
3. Care plan participant. As part of the care plan, you need to know what is going on, understand diagnosis, prescriptions, etc, but having knowledge is your role. If an emergency arises you can assist in sharing that information with critical care givers. "Just so you know...."
As you can imagine, these roles shift and change over time and you may play elements from more than one. The best way to truly understand what your role should be is to have an open discussion with your partner about what job they are offering
and what job you are willing to do.
If you are looking to bring more clarity to your relationship, contact Elliott through this webpage or by calling 617-834-4235.