Humans are social creatures. This observation, made by Aristotle over 2000 years ago, remains a central truth about our existence. Cooperation with one another is central to our lives and societies. At the most basic level, we rely on one another for survival. For example, we rely on farmers to grow our food and on doctors to keep us healthy. But, more than just survival, our reliance on one another allows us to thrive. A basic human need is social connection. Strong bonds with other people have a number of advantages. It improves both our physical and emotional health, provides comfort in difficult times, and enriches our lives.
We feel more at ease and committed when we get along well with others; we feel like we belong.
Building strong relationships appears to come naturally to some people, but it can be more difficult for others, especially as an adult. However, interpersonal skills can be learned, and consciously working to improve them can have a huge impact on your overall well-being. Here are some questions to consider if you want to improve your skills in this area.
The short answer is, for the most part, yes. Certain relationships may be more difficult by nature than others. Perhaps you have different communication styles, have had previous conflict, or simply do not see eye to eye. Perhaps you believe you have fundamentally different values. Any of these elements can make it more difficult to get along.