Irish Daily Mail - YOU - - RELATIONSHIPS ETC -

‘It’s wise to feel con­tent and ful­filled in your own iden­tity be­fore you try to com­bine your life with another’s,’ says An­drew G Mar­shall, mar­i­tal ther­a­pist and au­thor of Are You Right For Me? Seven Steps to Get­ting Clar­ity and Com­mit­ment in Your Re­la­tion­ship, ‘other­wise re­sent­ment may fol­low later. You need to know your­self well enough and have the emo­tional ma­tu­rity to be able to ar­tic­u­late what you want from the part­ner­ship and ne­go­ti­ate your way through the dif­fer­ences that are bound to arise. The im­por­tant thing is to keep com­mu­ni­cat­ing, even if you’re not on the same page of your re­la­tion­ship at the same time; to say, as Melissa did, “I’m not ready to set­tle down yet, but I love you and want to be with you. Is that OK with you?”’

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