Making your relationship work when others disapprove

CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) – When your family members or friends disapprove of your partner, it can put a strain on your relationship. But how important is it for them to like your partner? Dr. Rob Robinson, Clinical Director of Family Care Counseling Associates in Wilbraham shared tips.

How important is it for your friends (and family) to like your partner?
1. If your friends don’t like your partner you can experience isolation, anxiety, tension, anger and sadness.

In order to work through this issue, two important suggestions are recommended:

  • Identify the Problem:
    1. Are your friends jealous?
    2. Are your friends worried about losing you?
    3. Are your friends legitimately worried about your choice in partner?
  • Don’t Isolate-Communicate
    1. Once you have identified the problem – talk about it.

3. If your family doesn’t like your partner you can experience a breakdown in family rituals, an increase in family tension and depression.

  • Identify the Problem:
    1. Is your family resisting change?
    2. Are any family members feeling insecure or feeling that their place in your life is threatened?
    3. Are members of your family legitimately worried about your choice in partner?
  • Again…Don’t Isolate-Communicate                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

 

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