The prince kisses the princess. He proposes to her. The wizard helps them solves their problems. They both do what is significant for building a good life together, and they live happily ever after.

''Once upon a time, there was a woman who knew that mutual respect was the condition for love and good relations.''

The notion of respect

You are you, and I am me. Respect that, and every aspect of our relationship is going to be much easier. If there is something we do not like in another person, of if the person does something that clashes with what we stand for, that will often influence our respect for the person overall.

Everybody has qualities that are easy to respect – and some that are difficult to respect. See those qualities and respect the ones you can. In any relationship it is important to remain distinct individuals in order to be able to engage with each other. If we are not sufficiently well-defined and have a well-defined personal core, we tend to fuse into one, which makes it harder to access our individual resources. That is particularly true in a romantic relationship where many tend to assume responsibility for their partner’s actions or might suffer under the consequences of any ‘inappropriate’ behaviours or attitudes in their partner.

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