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Beyond the Honeymoon
We all know that sooner or later the honeymoon is over.
It may last weeks, months, or even years. But
it does end.
Is "real life" finally entering the equation? Does perfect love somehow just slip away? Sadly, many couples look back at a honeymoon only to feel they lost something, the rest of the relationship never quite measuring up to it.
The honeymoon gives us a glimpse of possibility for a relationship. My coaching work is centered on how couples can make good on that possibility and turn it into a lasting reality. I offer a model, and a pathway to lasting success.
The first step on this path is to understand what happens when the honeymoon ends. This is a critical moment in a relationship. How you respond makes a big difference.
What signals the crossing of this dreaded threshold? What exactly are the signs?
Couples usually declare the honeymoon is over when problems, challenges, upsets or differences arise.
These are normally seen as negative signs... signs that something is "wrong"... signs of a "bad" relationship.
Most couples will look for the "cause" of these unwanted events. Inevitably, they point the finger at each other. Getting the other person to change is seen as the way back to the wonderful spontaneous feelings of the honeymoon.
This is not a conscious strategy. It is a knee-jerk reaction. Seeing a problem, challenge, upset or differences as a negative sign is the normal thing to do, the conventional wisdom.
Unconsciously, most of us do see things according to the conventional wisdom. We may feel that "differences attract" at first meeting. But after the honeymoon, people normally start to complain about how "unlike me" the other person is. There's a tendency to see the other person as "wrong" or deficient in character, because they are different.
How does this happen? Let's look at the underlying process that turns problems, upsets and differences into road blocks to happiness.
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