For Life on Purpose Episode #46 my guest is certified relationship coach, author, blogger, and speaker Kira Asatryan, an expert on loneliness, which she believes is a problem of epidemic proportions in our modern times.
In her new book, Stop Being Lonely: Three Simple Steps to Developing Close Friendships and Deep Relationships (just published on New World Library), she says it’s not a lack of people in our lives, it is a lack of feeling that speaks to the heart of this new loneliness.
But there is good news — YOU have the power to create closeness with any willing partner. Closeness is the foundation of all happy and long-lasting relationships, whether romantic, platonic, familial, or business, she writes.
About Kira Asatryan:
I’m a certified relationship coach, author, blogger, loneliness expert, and speaker. I love to speak publicly on the topic of loneliness, as it’s a problem of epidemic proportions in our modern times. I maintain a private coaching practice in San Francisco where I help business partners, couples, and individuals develop closeness – the antidote to loneliness – in their relationships.
I have a unique passion for those who feel lonely in this world. I understand the unique challenges that lonely people face because I face them as well. I’ve struggled with loneliness my whole life and have come to find that there are many others out there like me.
We are the people who, despite excellent intentions, find it hard to get to know people and find it hard to believe that anyone cares about us. If you relate to this, I can assure you you’re not alone.
I’ve spent my coaching career researching, pondering, and reflecting upon what specifically makes relationships feel good or bad. The results of my efforts can be found in my book, my articles, my talks, and I believe they will help you immensely.
You can stop being lonely. You’ve already taken the first step.
To learn more about Kira and her work, visit: http://www.kiraasatryan.com/.
About Stop Being Lonely:
We’re more connected 24/7 than ever through texting, nonstop meetings, and all that the world of social media has to offer. Despite this “connectedness,” are we also more lonely?
Relationship coach Kira Asatryan says YES, because we are lacking actual connection to others, something she calls “closeness.”
According to Asatryan, closeness is the foundation of all happy and long-lasting relationships, whether romantic, platonic, familial, or business.
Stop Being Lonely: Three Simple Steps to Developing Close Friendships and Deep Relationships explains that all relationships lie somewhere on the spectrum from distant to close — and the closer to “close,” the better the relationship.
Stop Being Lonely goes on to present a complete program for making any relationship closer.
If you post something on Facebook, 93 people may like it, but can you call any of those “friends” when you need a last minute babysitter?
Today, all too often we’re overstimulated but undernourished in relationships, and the result is that we feel lonely despite all the interactions we have on and off line.
Every day, we interact with people, establishing relationships as teacher, coworker, business partner, student, sibling, parent, child, colleague, and friend. Each of these relationships offers the potential for genuine connection.
Closeness is unique among relationship concepts because it can be created between any two people who want it and it is a reliable path out of loneliness and toward more productive interactions, in business or in friendship. Even better, two simple actions can create more closeness in any relationship: knowing and caring.
Kira Asatryan has worked as a relationship coach for Internet startup partners and soon-to-be-married couples, and she’s found that the same approach applies: learn to listen and get to know the other person.
As you do this, you’ll begin to care and develop the “closeness” that is the opposite of loneliness, establishing connections that will develop and support you throughout your life.
Closeness — the antidote to loneliness — is created. You have the power to create the types of relationships that will make you feel more connected to others and less isolated.