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Interdependence Day(s) - How To Create a Balanced Relationship

Interdependent

The healthiest way we can interact with those close to us is by being truly interdependent.

This is where two people, both strong individuals, are involved with each other, but without sacrificing themselves or compromising their values. Living in an interdependent relationship gives you both respect and nurturing.

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Interdependence Day(s) - How To Create a Balanced Relationship

Interdependence Day(s) - How To Create a Balanced Relationship

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Interdependent

The healthiest way we can interact with those close to us is by being truly interdependent.

This is where two people, both strong individuals, are involved with each other, but without sacrificing themselves or compromising their values. Living in an interdependent relationship gives you both respect and nurturing.

A balanced relationship

  1. Assess where you are right now. If there is too much neediness or you feel that your partner is way too independent and doesn't want to be with you, rebalancing how you relate is very important. 
  2. Begin looking at how you got there. Ask each other some questions like "Did this start because of an argument?" or "Is this what you really want?" and "How can we make it better for both of us?"
  3. Talk about what you are feeling and make the necessary adjustments so that both of you can feel better.

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The key to making your relationship more interdependent is to take stock of your life. Find purpose and meaning outside of your relationship. 

Not only will it make you happier and better as a person, but it may also improve intimacy and passion in your relationship.

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  • Acknowledge the opinions, feelings and needs of others
  • Be more open to suggestions and compromises
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