There’s a common expression that says, “You wouldn’t want to marry yourself!” This expression sounds funny to many, but if you look closely, it expresses a deeper issue people face in relationships. Having differences is inevitable, but whether you choose to be accepting or critical, curious or judgmental, interested or disrespectful towards the other person makes the difference in the status of your relationships.
On this episode, I discuss the differences in people’s relationships and how to navigate them through real-life stories and examples. I emphasize the importance of the “how” versus the “what” when negotiating differences, the difference among needs, wants, and preferences as well as how to effectively communicate using these. I also explain how to train your mind to see traits you can like and appreciate about the other person and discuss the difference between a complaint and criticism as well as ways of dealing with differences in money, expectations, and non-negotiables.
“Differences call for understanding and negotiating.” - Pripo Teplitsky
This week on Relationships! Let’s Talk About It:
- The wrong notion about compatibility being synonymous with similarity
- The role that differences play in relationships
- Why we choose somebody that’s different from us
- The essence of choosing well and carefully in partnerships
- How women typically choose men
- What to do when projecting expectations towards your partner
- The role that the foundational aspects of communication and connection play in your relationship
- Two vital learner type questions to ask yourself as you assess your response to your partner
- A story of a couple who didn’t think alike but loved alike
- The antidote to relationships who are facing problems regarding their differences
- Why disgust is one of the major poisons in relationships and examples of how we show it
- Redefining self-esteem in relationship negotiations
- The mystery of the wine colored French beret
- How the differences can be a tremendous gift in a person’s growth
- Examples of basic commonalities you don’t need to negotiate
- Questions to ask yourself when assessing your relationships
- Facing challenges regarding non-negotiables
- The power of appreciating somebody for who they are
- The difference between a complaint and a criticism
- Dealing with differences in money
- How to work through expectations
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