27. This is Normal

Have you ever opened up about something you were struggling with only to find out that everyone else was feeling the same?

The funny thing about human nature is that we don’t often realize just how normal the things we don’t talk about are.

In this episode, I share six things that are challenging, but VERY NORMAL in romantic relationships.

  1. It’s normal to react negatively when you feel threatened…and to think that your response is justified while your partner’s is not.
  2. It’s normal for one person in a relationship to bring up most of the issues (and usually it’s the woman in a heterosexual couple).
  3. It’s normal to feel uncomfortable, even when you’re on the right track.
  4. It’s normal to feel the tug of war between a need for independence/autonomy and a need for connection/intimacy.
  5. It’s normal to have issues that never seem to be resolved.
  6. It’s normal to need help when you’re stuck.

NOTE: This episode does not apply to abuse of any kind. If you suspect you or someone close to you is a victim of domestic abuse, call the US national hotline at 800.799.SAFE (7233).

A Simple, Straightforward, And Surprisingly Effective Guide for Hard Conversations

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