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It can sometimes feel difficult to get to grips with some of the customs, traditions, beliefs and lifestyle norms of your partner if they are from a culture different to your own.
Being in a relationship with someone from another culture can at times also feel like you're having to make significant compromises to your own cultural identity.
In cross-cultural relationships one or both of you may feel as if you're having to 'give up' a part of yourself in order to be with your partner.
But when it comes to relationships, the opposite is often true. Most people will ignore the signs that their relationship may need some fine tuning, instead choosing to bury their head in the sand and struggle to find a way out.
You may feel your partner has different ideas on gender roles, how to raise children, family involvement in your lives and social customs. Even the food they eat may be unusual to you.
Navigating these differences needs to be approached with sensitivity and respect. Being able to talk to a therapist to help you both understand the importance of the values and beliefs you each hold, and find a way for you to create a common understanding, can be a fruitful journey in bringing two cultures together in a uniquely loving relationship.
Healthy couples are those that are open to using their relationship as an opportunity to grow together. They are prepared to invest the time to check in with each other to keep them on track together, knowing the value of investing in a healthy, open dialogue.
However it can feel daunting if you're unsure of how to approach these conversations, and that's where we can help. If you think it's time to invest in your relationship with the same consideration as your car or home, call us for a relationship review.