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Relationship Myths: Separating from Conventions Frees Us to Enjoy Our Partners Fully

Relationship Myths: Separating from Conventions Frees Us to Enjoy Our Partners Fully by Simone Milasas. Photograph of multicolored hearts spray painted on a wall by Renee Fisher
Photograph by Renee Fisher

Every relationship is different, but there are certain myths about what makes an ideal relationship that end up hurting, not helping you and your partner.

What does an ideal relationship look like to you? 

Does a particular vision come to mind? Have you secretly decided that your man or woman has to look or be a certain way? Do you envision a particular lifestyle, or ways in which you believe you should be involved in each other’s lives?

The ideal relationship is simply the one that

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