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Redefining Relationships in a Media-Driven World

Updated: Jan 1, 2023

Relationships are often placed into three different categories: platonic, romantic, and familial. In a society that tends to isolate our feelings into labeled boxes that are then neatly placed on the back shelves of our minds, we do not give ourselves room to expand our relationships with the world around us as well as the relationship we have with ourselves.

Education is empowerment. Before we empower our children with knowledge, we must first teach children of their infinite nature. An unaware empowered person moves from a space of ego. A conscious empowered person changes the world.

One of the many roots of this problem derives from mass media that targets our emotions as a way to psychologically manipulate their audience into “buying into” whatever product they are selling. Research has shown that we learn behavior in two ways: seeing someone else overcome a challenge and overcoming that challenge ourselves.

This means that as children, we learn about human behavior and social acceptability through the shows we watch, the books we read, and the relationships we observe. Don’t get me wrong, I love The Notebook just as much as you, but do years of heartbreak and miscommunication really disappear in a single passionate kiss in the rain? Probably not. There is no one way we as human beings must relate. So long as we do not harm ourselves or others, all different combinations of people, styles of communication, and emotions felt within a relationship are valid! Instead of feeding into the ways we are told me must relate to others, it is time that we practice self awareness as a method for relational growth.

Lets take time to sit with ourselves. Lets take time to look at the ugly in the face and see beyond what we already know. Lets sit with the unknown and ask it questions. When we take time to greet our limited human capacity with acceptance and a willingness to understand, therein enters the greater picture. Even still, flies see more colors than us.

Will we ever fully know? Probably not. And yet, we ARE our reality. A Venn diagram of the seen and unseen, a coffee shop is a coffee shop, and the people in it are the people in it. But the person wouldn't typically choose to be there without it being a coffee shop, and the coffee shop most definitely wouldn't exist without the person. So what is personal empowerment, really? Its sitting in the fullness of oneself and understanding the wholeness of ones life. As molecules react to one another, so a frown and a smile ignite emotion in the world around us. So, lets focus on how we feel in these human interactions, reinforcing the behaviors or dynamics that makes us feel happy, and changing those that do not. This method of self awareness will not only increase your understanding of the relationships you hold with others, but will provoke an internal reflection leading to self discovery and, hopefully, self love.


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