Successful Relationships Reading Corner
In this week’s blog, we wrote about why respect and equality are so important in your relationships. Here are some writers’ thoughts on both these areas.
What is Respect in a Relationship? “At its core, respect functions as a multi-dimensional principle that underpins effective relationships across all contexts–be they romantic, familial, or friendly. True respect involves much more than just superficial pleasantries or simply treating others how you would want to be treated.”
How to Build Respect in a Relationship “Whether you’re in a relationship or not, your partner is a human being with their own opinions, passions, and beliefs. If you’re trying to change, control, or dismiss this reality, you’re not respecting or honoring your partner. In a loving relationship, there must be respect, and that starts with yourself. Self-respect is essential to understanding your boundaries, what you want from your partner, and what you’re willing to compromise on.”
Talking To My Partner: Why Understanding the Difference Between Equity and Equality in Your Relationship or Marriage is Key “There has been a cultural shift where more and more people are turning their attention to matters of equality. And, while fighting for equality is, in general, a great endeavor and one that, in many cases, has been long overdue, it’s important to remember what the difference between “equity” and “equality” is and, in the case of marriages, why “equality” isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. In fact, far too many couples are struggling in their relationships because their attention is hyper-focused on making everything equal, which, in turn, leads to scorekeeping, contempt, and other corrosive thought patterns and behaviors.”