The relationships we create throughout our lives contribute a great deal to our personality and behavior. Most psychologists and psychiatrists agree that developing healthy relationships leads to a healthier mind. Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB), an approach to care created by Dr. Dan Siegel, focuses on how the brain can be healed through powerful and positive persuasion. This approach combines many areas of science including biology, cognitive science, developmental psychopathology, sociology and mental health. IPNB focuses on integrating all the different aspects that make us unique so we can better understand why we are the way we are and try to correct negative behavior where possible. While an understanding of IPNB can be useful to just about anyone, therapists and counselors can find it especially effective in treating patients.
As social creatures, humans develop thousands of relationships in our lifetime. Many psychiatrists and psychologists believe that these relationships with friends, family, co-workers, significant others, and more, define who we are and how we act.
As social creatures, we rely on relationships for love, comfort and even professional success. Strong people skills in the workplace can improve relationships with your supervisors, coworkers, and clients, leading to better job performance and recognition. However, developing these skills takes intentional thought and work; experience alone is not enough to help you build the kind of quality relationships that lead to success.
Human beings are social creatures. Many psychiatrists believe we are defined by our relationships. Understanding the link between healthy relationships and a healthy mind, and how relationships can reshape the way the brain works, has significant implications both for our personal lives and in the workplace.