Dating and partnering

Instead, they’re looking for someone to share life with as equals and to appreciate independently of themselves.

Having broken ties to old identities and patterns, this person is much more available to a romantic partner and the new family that they create together.

31 may be all about the New Year’s kiss, but by New Year’s Day, most people are thinking about what comes after the kiss.

This can be a good metaphor for our dating habits in general.

Valuing and respecting our partners’ sovereign minds and not trying to change them allows us to really know them as a separate people.5.

Empathy The ideal partner perceives their mate on both an intellectual, observational level and an emotional, intuitive level.

The reasons we fall in love may be a mystery, but the reasons we stay in love are far less elusive.

This goes for all levels of communication, both verbal and nonverbal.

No human being is perfect, so finding someone who is approachable and receptive to feedback can be a huge asset to a lasting union.

When someone is free-thinking and open-minded, it enables them to be forthright in expressing feelings, thoughts, dreams and desires, which allows you to truly know them.

An ideal partner is thus willing to reflect on his or her history and is interested in understanding how old events inform current behaviors.

When people mature emotionally, they are less likely to re-enact or project past experiences onto their current relationships.

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