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On Opposite Sides: What to Do When it Feels Like You’re Sleeping With the Enemy – Part Four

For all the reasons we’ve already discussed – how distasteful we may find it, how alienating it can feel, what we think it says about us, and how it may threaten our concept of ourselves – it can be challenging when our one-and-only has views that differ from ours on issues of personal import. In this, the fourth and final installment, I advocate prioritizing action over belief, then making agreements where necessary.

On Opposite Sides: What to Do When It Feels Like You’re Sleeping With the Enemy – Part Three

This week we’re continuing our exploration of what to do when you and your partner find yourselves on opposite sides of the types of issues that can be extremely divisive. We’re not talking about the “you didn’t take out the trash again” scenarios. Or the “can I just get settled before you talk my ear off?” situations.

On Opposite Sides – What to Do When It Feels Like You’re Sleeping with the Enemy – Part 2

In part one of this series, we established that even in harmonious relationships, you might find that you and your partner are on opposite sides of the types of issues that divide countries (apparently). You might have come together on passion over commonality. Or you may have evolved differently over time. However you got here, here you are. So how do you navigate the issues without letting them erode the bond between you? Part one covers the importance of disagreeing respectfully. Let’s continue with part two of our exploration.

On Opposite Sides: What to Do When it Feels Like You’re Sleeping With the Enemy – Part Four

For all the reasons we’ve already discussed – how distasteful we may find it, how alienating it can feel, what we think it says about us, and how it may threaten our concept of ourselves – it can be challenging when our one-and-only has views that differ from ours on issues of personal import. In this, the fourth and final installment, I advocate prioritizing action over belief, then making agreements where necessary.

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On Opposite Sides: What to Do When It Feels Like You’re Sleeping With the Enemy – Part Three

This week we’re continuing our exploration of what to do when you and your partner find yourselves on opposite sides of the types of issues that can be extremely divisive. We’re not talking about the “you didn’t take out the trash again” scenarios. Or the “can I just get settled before you talk my ear off?” situations.

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On Opposite Sides – What to Do When It Feels Like You’re Sleeping with the Enemy – Part 2

In part one of this series, we established that even in harmonious relationships, you might find that you and your partner are on opposite sides of the types of issues that divide countries (apparently). You might have come together on passion over commonality. Or you may have evolved differently over time. However you got here, here you are. So how do you navigate the issues without letting them erode the bond between you? Part one covers the importance of disagreeing respectfully. Let’s continue with part two of our exploration.

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On Opposite Sides: What to Do When It Feels Like You’re Sleeping With the Enemy

What happens when the person with whom you intensely disagree sleeps in your bed every night? The passion can be intensified when it’s your partner who holds opposite views from your own. I’m talking about the types of issues that divide countries. How do you engage in discussion about those issues without letting it divide your household? Read on to discover five tips for what to do when it feels like you’re sleeping with the enemy.

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Complacency Kills: Six Completely Free Strategies to Keep the Magic Alive in Your Relationship

The longer you’re together, the harder it can be to remember to pay attention, to show the interest, love and care you did when you were in the courting phase. So what do you do about that? How do you continue to show each other you care? Stay tuned, and I’ll share six completely free strategies to help you keep the magic alive in your relationship.

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Staying Connected: Eight Epic Tips for Connecting Physically, Even If You’re Angry

Learning how to connect when you’re troubled, hurt or angry can help defuse negative feelings and lead to greater openness in your relationship. In fact, resolving differences productively without creating distance or impacting your physical relationship can increase feelings of closeness and intimacy and make you that much stronger together.

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Hi there!  I’m Tanya Finks.  I help people date intentionally, build collaborative romantic partnerships, and foster fulfilling physical intimacy.  I’m happily coupled, I’m a staunch believer in vacation, and I love anything crime drama, all things Shonda Rhimes, and everything superhero.


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