Relationship Behaviors You Think Are Odd…That Are Totally Normal!

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Relationship Behaviors You Think Are Odd…That Are Totally Normal!
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"When you give a compliment to anyone, but particularly someone you like a whole lot, you're putting yourself on the line," explains Cox. "Clients tell me they are often afraid their partners will reject the compliment – or worse, say something along the lines of, 'Wow, you're finally noticing everything I do around here. Uh-huh. What do you want?'"

Although this may be normal behavior, that doesn't mean it's ok. Remember to compliment your partner and accept the praise they give you!

 

6. Having Trouble Getting in the Mood

Every married couple has experienced one of those nights (or mornings) where one member of the duo is ready for a racy romp, but the other is ready for a mellow nap!

"Virtually all couples have sexual desire problems sooner or later," says Licensed Psychologist Dr. Kate Roberts. "Couples often go long periods of time without having sex and then once they start up again, their sex life continues on its own."

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7. Withholding Information
Sure you told your partner about that expensive purse you just bought – you just chose not reveal how much you dropped on it! "Couples often have different priorities for discretionary income and it's not uncommon for them to keep their secret stashes of clothes, toys, candy, or other discretionary items," says Dr. Roberts.

Just remember it's never healthy to lie about how much you spend. If your partner asks how much you blew on that new pair of Jimmy Choos, keep it real. Lying to your partner – especially about money – is never going to lead you anywhere good.

8. Sparring, Bickering & Fighting

As two different people with two different philosophies on life, you're bound to disagree at one point or another.

"Fighting is normal," explains Therapist Dana Ward. "While some couples may think fighting is the sign of a bad relationship, it is actually is very important. The key is fighting with a purpose."

So, whether you are fighting about something as trivial as how to fold socks, or as significant as a job transition, make sure to fight the topic – not each other.

9. Finding Other People Attractive
You may be utterly in love with your partner, but that doesn't mean you can't admire a hottie with a great set of legs.

"You can and should appreciate all the beauty and dashing good looks all around you," shares Ward. However, she notes, "Attractive and attraction is different. Find other people attractive, but stop short of allowing yourself to be attracted to them."

10. Getting Scared and Pulling Away

Pulling away, taking a time out, going on a break – we're all human, and being vulnerable with someone else can at times be scary enough to make you run for the hills!

"Sometimes when things are getting very serious men, in particular, may pull away while they decided to move forward," explains Relationship Coach Stef Safran.

This article was originally published at . Reprinted with permission.
 
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