It has been argued that children learn about their own and other people’s emotions and how to regulate them in the context of relationships — with parents, family, peers. Failures and problems with emotional recognition, understanding, containment and regulation develop when these primary relationships are with people who are insensitive, lack empathy, have no attunement, and cause distress and disturbance. It therefore follows that those who experience problems recognizing, experiencing and regulating their emotions are likely to benefit from forming relationships with people who are emotionally available and responsive, intelligent and psychologically-minded. If poor relationships are where things emotionally go wrong then healthy relationships are where things can be put right.
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