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Dr Janet Hall, Clinical Psychologist, recommends that folks make an effort to catch up physically with their friends to enjoy good times if they want a deeper and richer relationship over time.
Long before technology, people successfully engaged in written communication for long-distance relationships which lasted lifetimes. So lack of face-to-face time need not deter from a relationship.
It’s just far more likely to enhance and enrich and endure over time when there is face-t-face because:
Dr Jan says:
Real-time shared activities anchor home the feelings of attachment and strengthen them.
eg we go to the movies together and then debrief afterwards immediately and our eyes connect and our empathy is deepened – this is much more so than when we just talk about a movie we have independently watched on facebook or text.
Dr Jan and husband, John, recently returned from an eight day safari with www.access2tanzania.com
Here’s what John said:
Safari has been a great success: quite an adventure, with an excellent guide, good accommodation (the best was last – woke this morning in a luxurious tent with a verandah looking out on a pool of hippos 100 metres away), and wonderful abundance and variety of animals.
Tally includes 1000s of wildebeest (massed on their annual migration – really thrilling to see); 100s of elephants, gazelle and zebra; 100s of impala and baboons; maybe 50 giraffes; 200 hippos; a score of lions; and a precious few cheetahs and leopards. Also some hyenas and jackals, and small creatures like mongoose. Birds too, mainly like storks and hawks.
Very dry and dusty, but lovely landscapes of acacia (acacia wondering, that’s the flat-topped, horizontal-looking tree so iconic of Africa), kopjes (rocky outcrops like Hanging Rock), and spectacular moonscapes, sunrises and sunsets.
Have learned so much about animal behaviour, adaption, survival,and ecology, and now appreciate the mystique of Africa.