Dating and Transformateing

Nicole Higginbotham-Hogue

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If you are in a relationship with a partner that you care about, you might have noticed that the two of you are picking up on each other's habits. You might dress alike. You might even start to laugh in a similar way, and you may be wondering how to get out of this pattern so you can regain your individuality. So, what can you do to create your own habits again? How can you prevent yourself from becoming too much like your partner? Though the answers to these questions may be different for everyone, here are a few suggestions.

1. Reflect on who you are.

Think about your own interests and separate those interests from the ones that you share with your partner. Though you might have your own way of doing things with your other half, try to develop ways of doing things on your own. Think about your wants and needs and try to find a way to incorporate more of your personality into the things that you do.

2. Think about what makes your partner an individual.

Think about your partner and why you fell for him or her. Think about the things that make him or her unique and how the differences that you and your partner may have can balance the two of you out. Do your best not to copy your partner's behavior in every situation so that your partner can maintain his or her individuality.

3. Have your own experiences.

Go out with your friends and have fun away from your other half. Use this time apart to reflect on how you interact with those around you and your thought processes along the way. Think about how you communicate when you are with your partner and how you communicate when he or she is away. Think about why the two communication styles may be different, and discuss this with your partner.

4. Address the situation.

Tell your partner about your concerns and ask him or her how the two of you can have both habits that you share and your own individual habits. Try to figure out a way where the two of you can embrace your independence while still maintaining your close bond.

Though you and your partner might be close, the two of you might still want to maintain your independence, so reflect on your individuality, be attentive, and discuss this situation with your partner.

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Nicole Higginbotham-Hogue writes lifestyle articles.

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