Chris WrightChris Wright is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. He sees clients in the Washington, D.C. area and has telephone clients from all over the world. He also has over 35 years of experience as a trainer and workshop leader in human and organizational development across the U.S. and Canada. Chris was founder and director of the Human Relations Institute in Houston, Texas. He was also the Director of PAIRS International -- training psychologists, psychiatrists and therapists in couple’s skills programs. As an innovator in the field, he has developed a unique blend of tools that increase the effectiveness in relationships -- for couples and in the workplace. He has Masters Degrees from the University of Arizona and Antioch University in Los Angeles.
Host: When our needs conflict, how can we make the process more honoring of each other?
Chris Wright: There are seven basic principles that help to make the process of tension and conflict in a relationship harmonious and honoring of each other. These seven principles really enable us to transform tensions into intimacy. They provide a framework that makes safe for us to be more heartfelt more vulnerable together and working through the issues that come up. So, instead of tensions actually pulling us apart, now within these frameworks, these understandings, these principles it actually brings us closer together. The themes throughout all of these principles has to do with honoring, how we honor each other? We honor each others world, the pressures, the insecurities, the gifts, the challenges and so this honoring is the key ingredient and in fact, this honoring as what distinguishes relationships that are considered sacred. People who are in -- what they think of a spiritual or sacred relationships, the core component of that a sense of honoring each other. So, it is an important consideration for not only restoring harmony but in deepening in a sense of reverence in this relationship and fulfillment. So, we were going to review these basic principles then afterwards the tools that enable you to live from principles in this series.