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10 Romantic Relationship Myths Debunked

10 Romantic Relationship Myths Debunked

Do you believe in myths about relationships? Often people believe popular myths about relationships, which can make their lives more difficult and stressful. However, many people find that their relationship become less stressful and more fulfilling after they stop believing the sometimes silly myths about relationships.

Here, we debunk 10 of the most famous relationship myths.

1. Your Relationship Should Be Like A Movie

Many people expect relationships to be like the relationships portrayed in romantic films, but they are often overly dramatic and painful. Don’t seek out drama as a sign of passion and love; a true sign of love is stability and consistency, and the ability to weather bad storms together.

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2. If You Feel Doubt, You Must Be With The Wrong Person

It is normal to feel uncertain at times, especially if you plan to spend a long time with your partner. It is likely your doubts have more to do with your own personal fears, such as fear of commitment, rather than fears about your partner. Try to remember that feeling uncertain is very different to feeling unhappy.

3. True Love Is Unconditional

Many people believe that true love is unconditional, as many movies and books portray this as the most ‘real’ love. However, people often change – and that is normal and healthy.

You are with your partner because you love who they are, and it is more important to grow together, rather than to provide them with unwavering love.

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4. Your Relationship Is Your Happiness

Lasting and true happiness comes from within. If you only find happiness in someone else’s love, or you don’t feel whole by yourself, you will find yourself becoming unhealthily dependant – which is unfair on your partner.

Take some time to be by yourself, so you can learn to love yourself first. Relationships are a chance for you to share your happiness with someone else, and to be with someone because you want them – rather than because you don’t want to be alone.

5. Jealousy Is A Sign Of Love

Jealousy is often a sign of insecurity, and feeling secure in a relationship is very important. Instead of fixating on your jealousy, try to work on your own confidence and being aware of your self-worth.

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6. You Change For Someone If You Love Them

Compromise is normal in a healthy and happy relationship, but you should be compromising on the relationship – not the person. If you have to change yourself to be with someone, you will struggle to be happy with them.

7. My Partner Should Know How I Am Feeling

Many people expect their partner to be able to know and understand how they are feeling. However, sometimes even you may not truly know how you feel or what you need. At times like this you cannot expect your partner to know how you are feeling – but you can tell them you feel confused, giving them the chance to acknowledge your feelings.

8. You Should Do Everything Together

While it is a great feeling to share interests with your partner, it is important to still have interests of your own. In a healthy relationship you will still both maintain friendships, hobbies and careers – spending time with only one person is emotionally unhealthy and can leave you feeling trapped.

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9. A Happy Relationship Doesn’t Require Work

Many people often mistakenly believe that a good relationship is effortless, and that both individuals are always on the same page.

The truth is you are both different people, and even the happiest relationships require work, effort and attention. Every day will not be perfect; sometimes life will get in the way and you will have to make a concentrated effort to make your partner happy.

10. Your Relationship Will Be Fight Free

Many people hope that they have so much in common with their partner that they won’t disagree. However, humans are complicated and opinionated, so it is important to realize voicing your opinion is fine – even when you do disagree.

It doesn’t mean you aren’t in love; it just means you care about each other enough to work through fights and respect each other nonetheless.

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Last Updated on January 18, 2019

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

Some people will have a rain cloud hanging over them, no matter what the weather is outside. Their negative attitude is toxic to your own moods, and you probably feel like there is little you can do about it.

But that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

If you want to effectively deal with negative people and be a champion of positivity, then your best route is to take definite action through some of the steps below.

1. Limit the time you spend with them.

First, let’s get this out of the way. You can be more positive than a cartoon sponge, but even your enthusiasm has a chance of being afflicted by the constant negativity of a friend.

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In fact, negativity has been proven to damage your health physically, making you vulnerable to high levels of stress and even cardiac disease. There’s no reason to get hurt because of someone else’s bad mood.

Though this may be a little tricky depending on your situation, working to spend slightly less time around negative people will keep your own spirits from slipping as well.

2. Speak up for yourself.

Don’t just absorb the comments that you are being bombarded with, especially if they are about you. It’s wise to be quick to listen and slow to speak, but being too quiet can give the person the impression that you are accepting what’s being said.

3. Don’t pretend that their behavior is “OK.”

This is an easy trap to fall into. Point out to the person that their constant negativity isn’t a good thing. We don’t want to do this because it’s far easier to let someone sit in their woes, and we’d rather just stay out of it.

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But if you want the best for this person, avoid giving the false impression that their negativity is normal.

4. Don’t make their problems your problems.

Though I consider empathy a gift, it can be a dangerous thing. When we hear the complaints of a friend or family member, we typically start to take on their burdens with them.

This is a bad habit to get into, especially if this is a person who is almost exclusively negative. These types of people are prone to embellishing and altering a story in order to gain sympathy.

Why else would they be sharing this with you?

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5. Change the subject.

When you suspect that a conversation is starting to take a turn for the negative, be a champion of positivity by changing the subject. Of course, you have to do this without ignoring what the other person said.

Acknowledge their comment, but move the conversation forward before the euphoric pleasure gained from complaining takes hold of either of you.

6. Talk about solutions, not problems.

Sometimes, changing the subject isn’t an option if you want to deal with negative people, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be positive.

I know that when someone begins dumping complaints on me, I have a hard time knowing exactly what to say. The key is to measure your responses as solution-based.

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You can do this by asking questions like, “Well, how could this be resolved?” or, “How do you think they feel about it?”

Use discernment to find an appropriate response that will help your friend manage their perspectives.

7. Leave them behind.

Sadly, there are times when we have to move on without these friends, especially if you have exhausted your best efforts toward building a positive relationship.

If this person is a family member, you can still have a functioning relationship with them, of course, but you may still have to limit the influence they have over your wellbeing.

That being said, what are some steps you’ve taken to deal with negative people? Let us know in the comments.

You may also want to read: How to Stop the Negative Spin of Thoughts, Emotions and Actions.

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