7 ways to compromise without being a pushover
Text: Karen Khng
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“Relationships need compromise” is so clichéd that most of us have forgotten what it truly means.
Everybody starts off willing and ready to compromise. But sometimes you find yourself in a weird orbit and land up in a relationship spaceship you didn’t originally sign up for – it’s either his way or his dark side. He only compromises when he wants something from you – money, sex, you doing his household chores (buy the roach killer, scrape the god awful lizard poop off the wall - wait, isn’t that a man’s job?).
Problem is, most people don’t compromise fairly. They cave in to pressure and find it easier to give in, resulting in un-retractable resentment.
Good compromises propagate a feel-good vibe; affirming that bending for the greater good of the union was a good decision. It can be as unimportant as taking turns to movie pick for movie night, or as serious as agreeing only to vacation with parents-in-law once in 2 years instead of twice a year and not avoiding them in the days between. Bad compromise, on the other hand, compromises who you are. It doesn’t just request a change of habits and routine, it actually re-sculpts the original you into someone less authentic. Confused? Here’s how to look at compromise differently.