Due to the current pandemic, Covid-19, we are ‘forced’ to spend more time together as a family or couple. It has a major impact on our relationships and wellbeing also for people who are single or living alone. Rethinking and finding new ways of dealing with the new challenges in our relationships is key if we strive to be happy and content in these unprecedented times. You are not alone and reaching out for help is very natural.
Relationships are beautiful regardless of whether it’s between two people of the same culture or an intercultural or mixed couple partnership. Our relationships are strongly embedded in cultural values and beliefs that drive us which further impact our thinking, feelings, emotions, perceptions, behaviors, etc. This is quite an ‘automated’ process where often we are not fully aware of how we communicate, listen, or act when with others. Our upbringing, how we were treated as a child, and the message we received about ‘relationships’ also influence the way we relate with others and ourselves.
All relationships can have their issues and there are factors within a cross-cultural relationship that might cause friction for the parties involved. Cultures can be so different from each other. The values, philosophies, responsibilities, and family roles are all cultural aspects that differ from culture to culture. These aspects are hardwired in us from birth and are present throughout the lives we live and the choices we make. Our beliefs and decisions are constantly encouraged by our cultural upbringing and sometimes it can be difficult to see the world in a different light.
The blending of two cultures that share contrasting beliefs may lead to a difference of opinion, issues with adjusting, and problems with the connection. Relating to your partner may prove difficult when you have only ever known your own culture and are struggling to understand theirs. Linguistic issues may also be something worrying you in your relationship, which understandably can create inevitable barriers.
But a relationship between two people of different cultures does not mean that love, happiness and harmony is impossible. It just means if you find yourself in an incompatible situation you only need to listen, learn and understand your other halves mind and cultural teachings to see the world through their eyes and learn how to blend the two cultures together.
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