Dating someone with different politics
Before agreeing to meet, both emphasized their commitments to their respective values and agreed to respectfully disagree—establishing an unspoken strategy of topic avoidance.
They went on to date for two years before they came to the realization that, in their case, love was not enough.
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The months before November are filled with debates, political articles and discussions about the political scene.
This strategy may also serve to maintain privacy and one’s sense of autonomy, essential ingredients for a healthy partnership.
At a 2003 meeting of the International Communication Association in San Diego, California, one presenter described political discussions as a type of “civic engagement” that had the potential to not only contribute to political tolerance on a broader level, but to strengthen interpersonal bonds.
One of the of the most popular and contemporary approaches to couples counseling, the Gottman Method emphasizes the importance of “nurturing gratitude by comparing the partner favorably with real or imagined others, rather than trashing the partner by magnifying negative qualities and nurturing resentment by comparing unfavorably with real or imagined others.” The moment your relationship takes a turn toward disrespect, criticizing, or belittling, whether triggered by politics or other differences, it may be time to seek help. When stark political differences exist, this could be the make-or-break factor.
“As someone who has done a lot of work with couples …
Some couples embrace political differences, some don’t care, and others still consider having similar views non-negotiable.