Ways to Handle Problem Relationships

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IMG_2070What do you believe is the purpose of a love relationship? To complete you? To make you whole and happy? Hollywood movies and romantic novels often portray the unrealistic idea of romantic love. A person can add to your happiness, but can never make you complete or happy—you’re the only one who can do that. Healthy, loving relationships result when you seek them to add to the happiness in life you’re already experiencing. The regard you receive from someone else can’t replace the regard you need to give yourself.

Commitment in love isn’t a feeling or a grin-and-bear-it obligation. It’s an act of IMG_1996your will. Commitment means riding out tough times of disagreement and struggle and discussing the middle ground of compromise. The success of any relationship depends on the ability to focus on the strengths of the other person—his or her positive traits, not on the flaws. Reflect on the reasons you like and respect the person. Dwell on his or her positive qualities and assets; and in grace tolerate those quirks that get you batty. After all, your own quirks need to be tolerated by others, too.

IMG_0363When a relationship is in trouble, it’s usually because there’s a tendency to blame the other person and to focus on his or her faults and wrong-doings. This not only doesn’t work—it makes things worse. The more effective choice is to focus on yourself—your own thoughts, feelings, attitudes, and actions in the relationship. Today, focus on what you need to be giving to the other person and what needs correcting in yourself; not on what you’re not getting from the other person and what he or she needs to correct. Take responsibility for your part in the relationship. Focus on self-responsibility and solutions, not blame and resentment.

Think about it.

 

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2 thoughts on “Ways to Handle Problem Relationships

  1. ChastityCAshline

    Aw, this was an exceptionally nice post. Taking a few minutes and actual effort to create a really good article…
    but what can I say… I procrastinate a whole lot and don’t seem to get anything done.

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    1. Dr. Sandy NelsonDr. Sandy Nelson Post author

      Hello Chastity, thank you for your kind remarks. I’m glad you found E-Couch.net to be helpful. Please consider receiving new posts from E-Couch delivered to your email address by signing up for this feature. You can also read additional articles and valuable insights on my Facebook page at: facebook.com/ecouch.net.

      Thanks again for your comments,
      Dr. Sandy

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