If your relationship is on life support, it’s time for serious remediation. You can’t just hide your relationship problems under the rug, because they will only fester and worsen over time.
For a relationship to work, you need to address your relationship problems — just as you would work on a problem at school or at work.
So if you’re ready to get down to work, here are two “must-do” assignments for you.
1. Stop the zero-sum game. Start a team effort.
A zero-sum game is one where there’s a winner and a loser. It’s a great model for competitive sports but a miserable model for personal relationships.
If you’ve been playing a zero-sum game — or a game of tug-of-war — with your spouse, quit. Right now. Quit. Simply drop the rope.
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