Demystifying Unconditional Love
Unconditional love seems pretty straightforward: It’s the idea that you love someone, no matter what. However, it’s not that simple. There is some nuance to the concept, especially in terms of how unconditional love manifests within a romantic relationship.
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To truly, totally love someone, it’s important to understand the myths and truths that come with the territory. Here are some of the things you need to know.
Truth: You accept your partner for who he or she is.
Loving someone absolutely means not trying to change him or her. You appreciate your partner’s quirks and idiosyncrasies and you are interested in nurturing who he or she truly is.
Myth: You have to love everything about your partner.
That said, it’s not realistic to think you’re never going to be annoyed or turned off by anything your partner says or does. Truly loving someone doesn’t mean that you have to love the way he leaves his dirty clothes on the floor or that she has to compulsively do the dishes the minute a meal is over.
Truth: You stand up for your partner.
Unconditional love means standing by your significant other—whether it’s backing him up when he expresses something he’s passionate about or defending her when someone is being critical. Being supportive and showing that you’re on your partner’s team is a huge factor when it comes to expressing your devotion to him or her.
Myth: You never have constructive criticism for your partner.
Naturally, you may disagree with something your partner says or does. Sharing honest feedback with your partner, especially when it comes to how he or she treats you, is an important part of a loving relationship. If you never point out anything negative about him or her, you don’t give the person the opportunity to grow.
Truth: You respect your partner—always.
When you really love someone, you never go behind his or her back, you are always faithful and you make sure that you never verbally or physically disrespect him or her. Respect is the foundation of a strong relationship and a crucial part of unconditional love.
Myth: You never fight or say a harsh word.
In any relationship, you’re going to have conflicts. You may even say things you come to regret. We’re all human, after all. But you also know when to apologize if you utter something you don’t really mean in the heat of the moment.
Truth: You truly want your partner to be happy.
Happiness is a key part of a relationship, whether it’s a romantic partnership or even a friendship. Supporting him or her in a pursuit of happiness, whether it’s encouraging the person to foster a certain hobby or a desire to travel, means that you’re wholeheartedly invested in your partner’s emotional well-being.
Myth: You believe your partner can only be happy with you.
There’s a saying that if you love someone, you have to be willing to let him or her go, if that’s what the person wants. If your relationship isn’t working for your significant other, and you love this person unconditionally, you should want him or her to be with someone who can be the partner he or she needs. The bottom line? You truly want him or her to be happy, no matter what.