In today’s weekly video upload, I discuss the topic: Can Political Differences Ruin Your Relationship?
Can this type of relationship work and will the partnership survive the test of time when a couple is so opposed to each other’s strong beliefs? Is this considered a red flag or a deal breaker and should we move on in the early hours before we complicate our lives?
It is difficult dating today and to meet someone with whom you are hugely compatible with. Are we starting to settle more and letting some things go because we are getting a little more desperate as we mark off another birthday on the calendar? Are we jumping into something too quickly due to our biological baby clocks ticking loudly?
Another situation that people discuss in my advice column is how picky they are and how they throw away opportunities because every little thing isn’t perfect on their relationship checklists. They don’t know how to stop being so particular!
There needs to be a happy medium, it’s not all so cut and dried! Some things are much bigger battles to deal with and this topic is one of them.
People are very vocal about politics today which is not an easy subject to disregard at parties, nights out with friends or at family functions. Numerous late night hosts are using political scenarios as a big part of their show today and many sitcoms are including it in their programs!
Ignoring discussions on this is not easy in a partnership and things can get really heated sometimes! Even if you really love them, will your different political viewpoints end up causing big problems down the road?
What things can you do to make it work?
- Leave any political or religious discussions outside your home.
- Don’t hang around with overly aggressive political friends or activists.
- Respect your partner’s right to have their own opinion just as they need to be able to respect yours.
- Communicate with your family and friends that you will have to leave any situation that delves into these subjects. There are plenty of other things to talk about.
- When you and your partner do find yourself in these heated political discussions have a safe word that you both understand means to leave the group immediately.
- Don’t watch the news together!
Personally, I think it will take one very strong couple to overcome all the obstacles in this type of partnership. It really will depend on the reciprocated rules that they prioritize together, and maintaining continual respect towards each other.
Love always comes with a few tests and frustration over the years, but when you are deciding to make a commitment with someone, be very clear on what is important to you. Things that bug you a little in the early stages of a relationship quite often become much bigger annoyances as the years go by!
Don’t be blinded by a fairytale beginning; be very realistic and mature with what your future will hold for you.
What do you think? Could you make it work or do you think this type of partnership is doomed from the start?
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