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Before you’re completely swept away, it’s important to keep a cool head and ask yourself some honest questions. Do you feel entirely comfortable in your new relationship or are there some niggling doubts you’re eschewing? According to therapist Alexandra Redcay, it’s also imperative to get a second opinion in the form of friends and family too.
Love clouds our judgement
Picking a partner with whom you share a high degree of synergy isn't always uncomplicated. To add another factor into the equation, we’re not actually as in control of the selection process as we’d like to believe. When we embark on a new relationship our capacity for considered reasoning fails us and our brains succumb to the addiction of love. In short, we lose our ability to accurately gauge potential partners.
Presenting her talk Selecting the Right Relationship at a New York TEDx event, Redcay suggests that the act of falling for someone actually happens much quicker than we’re willing to admit – the first few months of getting to know someone to be exact. “We might not say it, we might not admit it, but we know it’s true,” she says.
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