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Jo Hemmings

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Jo Hemmings is a Behavioural Psychologist and a registered member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a number of other accredited professional psychology bodies. She is...

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Who are you?

Hi, and welcome to JAAQ. I am Joe Hemings, a behavioural psychologist and relationship coach, and I'm here to answer any questions that you might have on any aspect of relationships.

What is a relationship?

It's a good question. What is the relationship? So relationship is basically a connection with somebody else. So you can have relationships at work, colleagues, family, intimate relationships with partners, friendships, it's any two or more people that have a connection. But then again, there's also the relationship you have with yourself, which is something people talk about a lot, about self-care. So actually a relationship is just something where there is another connection, not even necessarily human. That's the simplest way of explaining it, I think.

How can I maintain a healthy relationship?

To keep a healthy relationship takes several factors. One is effort. No great relationships exist without that consideration of the other person in that relationship, maintenance, that relationship, being respectful, being open-minded communication is probably absolutely key. I think if without communication, no relationship, whatever type it is, whether it's with a sibling, a work colleague, or a partner can ever work. So communication is absolutely key. If there was one thing to maintain a healthy relationship, it's a C word communication.

How do I deal with a breakup?

How do I know if I'm in an abusive relationship?