Are you getting ready to get married or engaged? This is an exciting time. You and your partner are closer than ever and you think you’re finally ready to commit.
But do you still believe some common marriage myths? Myths about marriage are all over. Everyone thinks that they’re a relationship counselor on the internet, and they can give happy couples the wrong idea of what marriage “should be.”
Keep reading to learn about a few popular myths about marriage that you might have already fallen for.
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A Strong Marriage Is Always Perfect
Too many people see fairytale marriages in popular media and assume that that’s how marriage is “supposed to be.” A healthy marriage isn’t going to be perfect, but this can be confusing to people who have only heard the “good things” about marriage.
Sometimes marriage is messy. Whenever you’re trying to live with another person nonstop, you’re going to get into arguments. What matters is how you react to those arguments.
Marriage Is an “Obvious Next Step”
So you’re with your long-term partner and people are pressuring you to “ask the big question.” Is this the right thing to do?
Not always. Many people choose to never get married, and that’s perfectly fine as long as you and your partner are on the same page. You also need to consider, even if you want to get married, if this is the right time and partner for it.
Take note of the difference between lust and love as well as limerence and love. You may find that your bond isn’t as strong as you thought.
Once You’re Married, You No Longer Date Your Partner
So you’ve “tied down” your partner and you’re bonded (hopefully) for life. There’s no need to put in the time and effort to keep the spark alive, right? You’re on your way to a future of comfort and happiness with no need for dating.
This is a huge misconception. If you want a strong relationship, you need to continue showing your partner how much you care. Go out for date nights, surprise each other, and never stop telling each other how you feel.
Marriage Counseling Is for Failing Marriages
“Marriage counseling” is a dirty word for many happy couples. If you’re not on the brink of divorce, why would you bother getting professional help for your relationship?
Did you know that some people seek out counseling before they’re even married? Others will go to counseling every now and again, even in a healthy relationship, to make sure that everything runs as smoothly as possible.
The best marriage counselor won’t just help you avoid divorce. They can strengthen your already healthy marriage. Consider it “preventative care.”
All Marriages Have The Same Boundaries
So you and your partner are looking at the traditional “marriage” stereotype and it doesn’t work for you. But all of your friends and family members are doing it, so it might be right, right?
Well, not really. While most marriages fall into “traditional” stereotypes, many people are finding that they need to do things their own way. They may want non-monogamous marriages, marriages without children, marriages with different gender roles, and more.
Your marriage is for you and your partner. Don’t let other people dictate what you do.
Are These Marriage Myths Surprising?
Did you believe any of these marriage myths?
All marriages are different, so it makes sense that most “common knowledge” about a “good marriage” is inaccurate. Instead of believing marriage myths, start creating your own “marriage truths” with your partner.
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