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Our Expectations of Our Partners Have Never Been so High

Our Expectations of Our Partners Have Never Been so High

  • We still want everything the traditional family was meant to provide-security, children, property, and respectability-but now we also want our partner to love us, desire us, and be interested in us.
  • Where did we get this idea that one person is supposed to provide every facet of emotional connection available to man?

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Diversifying Our Relationship Portfolio

Diversifying Our Relationship Portfolio

  • If we want to make a meaningful and long-lasting improvement, we have to diversify our relationship portfolio
  • We don't need to be in a relationship to have relationships. We've had them the whole time.
  • Expanding our intimate connections does not automatically mean we're siphoning the emotional energy out of our primary relationship.

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Spending Time with Friends is a Balancing Act

Spending Time with Friends is a Balancing Act

People who have a specialized social network tend to feel more fulfilled in their lives than people who look to one person to do it all.

Healthy friendships are never one-sided utilitarian relationships. Ask yourself: ‍

When you're in a romantic relationship, do you tend to only reach out when you're fighting with your partner?

Do you put added pressure on a friend to fulfill boyfriend/girlfriend duties so that you don’t have to be alone?

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Take A Break

Take A Break

  • Having a break in a friendship is sometimes the most important aspect of actually creating growth later on.
  • Sometimes reconnecting can start by simply asking: "I've really missed you."
  • In romantic relationships, desire needs mystery. In platonic relationships, absence makes the heart grow fonder.

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