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180: My Side of the Bed

Being connected with your partner is essential to communication and intimacy, but requires being able to take your partner’s perspective. When we get stuck on ‘our side of the bed’ and have difficulty grasping what it is like from our partner’s point of view, empathy becomes impossible. Join sex therapist and author Laurie Watson and couples therapist Dr. Adam Mathews as they discuss how to check out ‘the other side of the bed’.

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My Side of the Bed

In this episode of Foreplay – Radio Sex Therapy, Laurie Watson and Dr. Adam Mathews work through an age-old problem: sleeping on the same side of the bed. Not to be taken literally, this metaphor sets an example for how it can feel when your partner isn’t on your side. In any relationship, each partner has their own anxities. When couples don’t understand each other’s perspective, a resentment grows that makes their side of the bed feel incredibly polarizing.

To demonstrate this, Laurie and Adam roleplay the lives of Avery and Andrew, who follow a typical pursuer-distancer dynamic. On one side, Andrew feels anxious and cold, and he craves the affection of Avery. On Avery’s side, she is avoidant of Andrew and stays away from interaction because of her fear of rejection. The two can only stay in this limbo for so long before the relationship, and sex life, greatly suffer. How can these two work through their secret worries and reconnect for a comfortable and relaxing sleep?

Find out now by listening to Episode 180 – Sleeping on my Side of the Bed.

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