There are certain expectations you have of yourself, and others that you put on your partner, and while that is not a bad thing, it can become detrimental to your relationship if your expectations are not realistic or even worse, uncommunicated.
Additionally, if you expect something from your partner that is completely outside of their capabilities, how can your partner come close to meeting them?
- Which is harder for you – not meeting your partner’s expectations or not having your expectations met? Why?
- How does fulfilling expectations bring you and your partner closer?
- What happens when you meet each other’s expectations?
- Consider effort – How do expectations require different levels of effort?
- Are some expectations more worthy of being met?
- Which type of expectation is most important to meet for the sake of your relationship health?
- Which expectations are the easiest (or hardest) to fulfill?
If you and your partner ever feel overwhelmed by your results or the ensuing discussion, we encourage you to seek out professional support. Call us.
Consider taking an assessment or working through our Discussion Guide for Couples... that's a great place start!
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