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Top 6 misunderstood relationship components

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No relationship is perfect, but if you're looking to make yours better, you may want to listen up! Adrienne Laursen, LMFT, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Fox 9 Relationship Expert, and owner of The Engagement Coach, shares six relationship characteristics that are frequently missing or misunderstood.

1. Empathy

Most of us get this one wrong!

First, do you know what providing your partner with empathy actually means? It's probably not what you think!

2. Intimacy

Often times, the word intimacy is used to describe the sexual relationship between partners. But, there's a lot more to intimacy than just sex!

3. Love Languages

Sure, it's a book… an old book that you've probably heard of and maybe even read. But do you know how to use the love languages in your relationship or marriage?

4. Cohabitation

Thinking of your partner as a roommate turns a lot of people off. Why? You are in fact roommates! And just as you had to figure out living expectations and arrangements with your college roomies, you need to do the same with your relationship roommate.

5. Assertiveness

So may couples forget to ask for what they want, and what they need out of the relationship. Sometimes it's fear of conflict, sometimes it's fear of rejection. Either way, the ability to be assertive with your partner is essential for long term satisfaction. How can your partner meet your needs if he/she doesn't know what they are?

6. Acceptance

Have you ever tried to change your partner to be more like you? To do something your way? The right way? How did it go?

For more information on Adrienne's counseling services and free relationship tips, please visit her website at

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