Know Your Difference.
If you come to the realization that every individual is different then, you should be able to scale through any relationship issue you have. Your partner’s individuality and culture is a part of your partner. So if you want to get to know your partner, you have to get to know your partner’s culture and background. The more attention you give and get to know about your partner’s culture the easier it becomes to understand your partner. Now that you cannot be exactly like your partner because of the different in cultures which may explain the reason behind some behavioral reactions. Arguments are bound to happen, but you will enjoy your marriage by showing your partner that you are curious in knowing all about them, your partner will automatically also show more interest in you.
Don’t Make Assumptions.
Don’t assume you know your partner’s cultural background, and then decide to overrule their belief. In a cross-cultural relationship it’s normal to defend your own culture and to make assumptions regarding your partner’s culture. To live peacefully with your partner, you need to find out why your partner’s culture has certain habits, beliefs and traditions before even comparing it to your own. And try to see their manner of living through their eyes.
Respect Your Difference.
Living with differences is one factor, but respecting each other’s differences is something else. The way you’ve got your opinion is also the same way your partner has his or her own thought about something. Instead of judging your partner’s different beliefs, habits, and opinions, try to understand them and respect their opinions. Try overlooking some certain issues will help solve some individual differences in your relationship.
Be Sensitive and Patient.
Most times in a marriage it’s good to be patient with your partner. Give your partner time and opportunity to adjust to changes, also bear, if your partner can’t get used to certain habits. Don’t try to rush things because that might make your partner to feel pressurized. To be sensitive is also important in a relationship. You need to step back and imagine why your partner does what he or she does or why they react the way they do. You need to analyze yourself to find out if you are the cause of certain things that might have been happening. So while accessing your partner also do a thorough check on yourself.
Yea!! that is all you need to overcome individual and cultural differences in your relationship and make it a lasting one.
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