Chapter 1: Qualities of a Good Partner in a Marriage or long-term Relationship
In the journey of building a strong and fulfilling marriage, gender takes a back seat to the shared qualities and attributes that form the foundation of a thriving partnership. Whether you identify as a man or a woman, these qualities are essential:
Chapter 2: Effective Communication Within the sacred confines of marriage or a committed relationship, communication is the bridge that spans conflicts and connects hearts. It’s about listening actively, speaking honestly, and resolving differences collaboratively. Learning to communicate effectively and efficiently takes time. Communication is not just about the words you say. For example your Tone is 55% of your communication! Your body language, your written communication and your visual communication are all very important elements. You say so much without even opening your mouth. Listening is a very important part on the communication continuum.
Chapter 3: Mutual Respect, an unshakeable pillar in the structure of any relationship, is about valuing each other’s opinions, embracing personal boundaries, and cherishing individuality. It’s a language of kindness and consideration.
Chapter 4: Trustworthiness The foundation of a robust marriage is trust, an unspoken agreement that relies on both partners demonstrating trustworthiness and having unwavering faith in each other’s reliability. Trust goes as far as following through and doing what you say you are going to do.
Chapter 5: Emotional Support In the rollercoaster of married life, emotional support is the safety harness that keeps both partners secure. It’s about being there during life’s challenges and celebrating each other’s triumphs. Empathy is a really important element to someone’s personality. However, there are circumstances where empathy has not been home grown in the inner child’s make up.
Chapter 6: Equality In the chambers of a healthy marriage, equality reigns supreme. It’s the equilibrium where both voices hold equal weight, and decision-making power is shared, leaving no room for imbalances. Where there is a power imbalance in a relationship there will be a cycle of conflict.
Chapter 7: Shared Values Partners in a marriage should walk hand in hand along the path of shared values and goals. While differences are expected, common ground in areas like religion, faith, family, and lifestyle provides strength. Shared values need to be discussed in full and agreed on prior to starting a family or there may be a need for mediation up the track.
Chapter 8: Willingness to Compromise When the storms of conflict brew, the willingness to compromise acts as the anchor. It’s the art of finding middle ground, of forging solutions that serve both partners’ needs. Understanding you are both on the same team can help you put your swords down and start to communicate effectively.
Chapter 9: Friendship At the core of a thriving marriage lies a profound friendship. It’s the joy of each other’s company, shared interests, and the ability to have fun together, nurturing an enduring connection. Over the years we can start to take each other for granted.
Chapter 10: Individual Independence In the dance of matrimony, it’s essential that both partners maintain their individuality. Each should pursue personal aspirations and interests while embracing the partnership.
Chapter 11: Adaptability Life, with its twists and turns, calls for adaptability. In marriage, both partners should be willing to face new challenges as a unified front, resilient and open to change. One of the hardest step ups is acknowledging to oneself, that we need to grow up and become the man or women we need to be for the next chapter in our life as a partner in a marriage and potentially as a parent.
Chapter 12: Emotional and Physical Intimacy The chambers of marital bliss resonate with emotional and physical intimacy. Both partners should be attuned to each other’s needs, nurturing the emotional and physical bonds. When we feel constantly disappointment or let down by our partner we may need to talk about expectations.
Chapter 13: Patience and Forgiveness Within the confines of imperfection, patience and forgiveness are the masons that repair the cracks. They are the virtues that heal wounds and carry love through adversity.
Chapter 14: Commitment At the bedrock of every flourishing marriage lies unwavering commitment. It’s the pledge to remain devoted, to stand side by side, and to overcome life’s challenges as a united force. Many couples in the 21st century struggle to believe in the concept of marriage being a bond for life. With 50% divorce rates the proof is in the data, the term commitment is used loosely in their vows at the altar. Most people cannot remember their vows another example of the commitment being over shadowed by the precession.
Defining the word commitment truly understanding and living the word has weight in long standing thriving marriages.
In the tapestry of matrimony, every marriage is unique, woven from threads of shared experiences and individual quirks. What works for one couple may not for another. The key is to nurture open communication, empathise with each other’s needs, and jointly construct a loving and supportive partnership.
In couples therapy I find most couples have not had good role modelling, they are confused as to who they need to be for their partner in a committed “serve and return” marriage. Many say to their partner “Show me what I need to do and I’ll do it” Many individuals do not understand their actions or inactions maybe being viewed as selfish.
Chapter 15: Ways Couples Can Exhibit Selfish Behaviour in a Marriage
As in any story, there are chapters that explore the darker side. Here, we delve into potential selfish behaviour’s that can cast shadows upon the canvas of marriage:
Chapter 16: Lack of Communication The silence that withholds thoughts, feelings, and concerns can create resentment in a marriage. Open communication is the light that banishes these shadows.
Chapter 17: Disregarding Boundaries Treading beyond personal boundaries without consent can erode trust and intimacy. Respect for each other’s limits is paramount. If a boundary in your relationship is being respectful of time and doing what you say you are going to do “Integrity” example: If you say you are coming home at 5pm and you come home at 9pm intoxicated, you are not respecting an agreed boundary. If you continue to fail at managing yourself …Expect conflict and over time held onto resentment.
Chapter 18: Distrust or Betrayal Dishonesty, infidelity, and actions that breach trust can cast a long shadow of doubt. Rebuilding trust requires patience and commitment. You may also lie to dig down to understand HOW this happened in the first place?
Chapter 19: Emotional Neglect Neglecting a partner’s emotional needs, especially in challenging times, can create emotional resentment. Nurturing emotional connections is vital. Dismissing your partners feelings is hurtful and it does not display empathy
Chapter 20: Power Imbalances Imbalances of power, where one partner dominates decision-making, can cast shadows of inequality. Striving for equal partnership is essential.
Chapter 21: Clashing Values Refusing to compromise on core values and goals can create rifts in a marriage. Finding common ground and respecting differences are vital.
Chapter 22: Unwillingness to Compromise Stubbornly adhering to personal preferences without finding middle ground can cast shadows of rigidity. Flexibility and compromise are keys to resolution.
Chapter 23: Neglecting Friendship Overlooking the friendship aspect of marriage can lead to emotional distance. Rekindling the friendship can dispel these shadows.
Chapter 24: Overdependence Becoming overly reliant on a partner for personal happiness can cast shadows on individual independence. Balancing personal and shared pursuits is crucial.
Chapter 25: Resistance to Change Refusing to adapt or work together when faced with new challenges can obscure the path forward. Embracing change and resilience are essential. This is very common in 2nd marriages where one partner has been hurt by a past partner. Sometimes the fear of a second failure prevents them from giving themselves to the new marriage 100% leaving the new partner to pay the price of old wounds. The divorce rates for second time round are around 75% and the above explanation is a major contributor to this high figure.
Chapter 26: Lack of Intimacy Neglecting physical or emotional intimacy can shroud the marriage in darkness. Nurturing both forms of intimacy can bring light. Withholding sex from your partner as a punishment or a bargaining ploy will eventually lead to conflict and eventually fallout. Communicating and working on the underlying issues in the marriage will help prevent this type of behaviour.
Chapter 27: Holding Grudges Refusing to forgive or move past mistakes can create lingering shadows. Forgiveness and healing are pathways to brightness. If you agree to be in the marriage moving forward after a mistake has been made, you must forgive, or you will start to punish the person ongoing, leading to emotional abuse.
Chapter 28: Commitment Issues Neglecting the commitment to invest in the relationship can cast shadows of uncertainty. Again, define what commitment is for each of you and discuss expectations.
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NB: If you have finished the “Disclosure” to 4th step on the “5 Steps to a better more connected relationship over 30days program”
Please make sure you book the 5th step which is your Relationship bonding session.
Up to step 4, we are identifying the weeds in the relationship and the weighting score each one of those weeds hold for each person. You then complete your homework.
Next is Step 5 “The RESET” where you learn who you need to be for one another and bond over new insightful information collected over the 30days in our sessions. This session is a heartfelt connection of two souls.