What do you do when you feel like you’re the only one doing the work in your relationship? When things would just fall apart if you weren’t on top of it? Or what can you do if things aren’t going so well, and you’re the only one who seems to care enough to try and make things different? And how do you know when it’s time to stop trying…and walk away? It turns out there are a lot of options available to you – and some of them will probably surprise you!

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Neil Sattin: So the very first thing that you want to get clear on is what is the work that we’re talking about? Are we literally talking about the work of, say, running your household. Domestic duties, grocery shopping, cooking meals, cleaning, taking care of balancing the checkbook… If you still balance your checkbook. Whatever it is, is that the kind of work that we’re talking about? Or are we talking about things like stepping back and thinking about the quality of your relationship and whether or not it’s what you want it to be.

Neil Sattin: And if it isn’t what you want it to be, putting in energy to try and make it different. Whether that’s going to counseling or a coach, or reading a lot of books, or listening to podcasts. And then trying to bring everything that you’re learning and all the perspectives that you’re getting on how to do a relationship better to your relationship. Maybe that’s the kind of work that you’re talking about.

Neil Sattin: It’s important to get really clear on what you mean when you say… If you are the one who’s saying, “I feel like I’m the only one who’s doing anything for this relationship.” And if you’re listening to this show because your partner has said to you that they feel like they’re the only one doing all the work in the relationship, then you should also get really clear on what it is they’re talking about. Because as it turns out, we all have different ideas about what constitutes the work of relationship.

Neil Sattin: And one of the most funny… It can be funny, ha-ha, but it’s maybe a little bit more funny, weird. Things that can happen in a relationship is you can think like… You can think that you’re the one who’s doing all the work, and at the very same time, your partner may also think that they are the ones who are doing all the work in the relationship.

Neil Sattin: And that’s classic because…

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