BY TINA FEY
Self-aware people avoid making assumptions in relationships and prioritize open communication and empathy by asking questions to understand their partner's perspective.
Self-aware people recognize and address potential red flags in relationships, making informed decisions based on their well-being, to avoid heartache.
Self-aware people prioritize collaboration and communication, considering their partner's feelings and desires, and avoid making unilateral decisions, as surprises may be perceived as selfish behavior.
Self-aware people foster relationships based on mutual respect and trust by avoiding manipulative mind games, expressing support and understanding for their partner's decisions, and talking openly and honestly about their feelings.
Self-aware individuals prioritize their beliefs and principles, even in a relationship, knowing that compromising their sense of self to please someone else is being dishonest and can lead to relationship failure.
Self-aware individuals prioritize personal growth and independence by learning new skills, attending therapy, reading self-help books, and reflecting on their thoughts and behaviors as individuals and partners.
Self-aware people take responsibility for their actions and avoid blaming their partner, as blaming erodes trust and responsibility avoidance leads to a breakdown in trust and respect.
Self-aware individuals recognize the importance of individuality in a relationship, show interest in their partner's interests, and acknowledge that having different interests can actually benefit the relationship.
Self-aware individuals understand that showing appreciation and gratitude for their partner, even with small gestures like cooking breakfast or saying "I love you," is essential for their relationship and their own well-being.
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