Dr. Forshee, Psy.D, LCSW suggests activities you and your partner should do together to Bustle readers.
Let’s face it, you’re not going to love every single thing your partner loves. At the same time, they may not completely understand why some things are important to you. But if your relationship is going to work, licensed psychologist Danielle Forshee, Psy.D, LCSW tells Bustle, your partner should recognize your feelings for something and be supportive. “It’s not specifically about the activities themselves, it’s about whether or not your partner understands the importance of what a specific activity means to you,” she says. In short, they should enjoy doing it because they know it means a lot to you.
If they don’t or flat out refuse, Dr. Forshee, Psy.D, LCSW says it may signal that your partner has difficulty with empathy or compromise which are important characteristics for a successful relationship. “Make sure that the both of you were able to be heard and understood by each other and then take it from there,” she says. “One of the key foundations a relationship is to be able to hear each other’s’ perspective and come from a place of mutual understanding.”
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