A big step Robert has taken in regards to becoming more vulnerable is when realized how uncomfortable he was when his girlfriend put her head on his chest as they watched a movie. Robert stated that he became nervous and anxious. I asked him why. He stated that he has never seen physical affection from his parents and became uncomfortable when she touched and bonded with him.
Therefore, Robert learned that being “detached” from others is perfectly normal behavior. Robert, though uncomfortable, has taken proactive measures to reach out connect with his parents and girlfriend. Robert does admit he becomes nervous when he tries to “open up” with his parents or girlfriend because this is all new to him.
To date, Robert has become more relaxed about his current situation and continues to heal from his past wounds.