Relationships: What is your personality?
Tuesday 1 December 2009
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Are all relationships give and take or does it really depend on the personality types of the people in the relationship?
Learning about yourself and personality types isn't easy and certainly not a five minute job, however it does help to have as much knowledge about both of these areas, in order that you may find a suitable partner who will bring out the best in you and the relationship, and that includes happiness for you both.
If you don't make the effort to understand at least a smattering of knowledge about personalities, you may well be unhappy for a long time in the relationship not quite understanding what's wrong.
It's not an exact science matching personalities as there are sometimes many shades of grey to a person's personality, plus you need experience in knowing how to extrapolate the various personality types from a person's behaviours and language.
This may take many years, depending how much you get to see of the other person, how in love or infatuated with them you are, blinding you somewhat and how aware you are of yourself and what's going on in your life at the time of first meeting and throughout the relationship.
Some of us, especially those connected to our hearts may think loving someone can be enough, changing yourself to meet the others needs and blending into their way of life at often the expense of losing a part of yourself. Whilst this is admirable and may help, it may just be a band aid fix, with this act of faith and hope setting you up for a fall, not a relationship of bliss.
So when you are ready to look for a new relationship, or if you are already in one that's just not quite working the way you think it should be, it's ideal to know as much about yourself and your personality type as possible, as this can help with the compatibility process, minimising any waste of time and energy from incompatibility hiccups.
If you are already in a relationship and not getting what you really desire from it, it is always best to hash the problem issues out and make changes to your personality where needed, especially if you are in love with this other person. However, if your endless attempts at discussing and resolving the issues falls on deaf ears, you may just realise it was never meant to be because your personalities are too different.
It's the opinion of the writer that anybody can make changes with help, encouragement, love and understanding if they really want to make the relationship work, however it's unfortunate that some people just don't value this other person in their life enough to make the effort to change.
If either you or your partner is like that, it appears there is not a lot you can do but leave them and find someone more suitable.
Whilst the article below by Dr.Martinez-Lewi may not describe you or your partners personalities to a tee, even if they are narcissist and borderline types, it may however give you an understanding and kick start to the world of personalities and yourself, so enjoy!
Perfect Match - The Narcissist Marries a Borderline Personality
When a narcissist chooses a marital partner, he/she makes sure that this person will adoringly follow his lead in every aspect of their lives. The narcissist expects to be mirrored perfectly---to receive from his partner: absolute loyalty, adulation, compliance, selfless service. There is an unspoken understanding that the narcissist will never admit mistakes, nor should his faults and failings ever be pointed out, even in the vaguest of terms. Narcissists often choose marital partners who suffer from borderline personality disorder. These individuals are emotionally dependent and have a fragile sense of themselves as valuable individuals. The narcissist is the master; the borderline, the servant. That is the arrangement. The partner will be constantly lied to and betrayed. The narcissist holds the threat over the head of his borderline spouse that he or she can be disposed of precipitously
The individual suffering from borderline personality disorder lives in perpetual fear of abandonment and psychological annihilation. Borderlines fuse psychologically with others, often to the point where they are emotionally unable to distinguish between their identity and that of their partner. This grave psychological impediment is described as a boundary issue. Psychological boundaries are necessary for each person to have a firm sense of who he is and to distinguish and respect the individuality of the other. The borderline has not reached this stage of development, often due to childhood trauma. His growth was arrested. Inside, he feels like a very young child, desperately hanging on, begging a parent to pay attention to him, to promise not to hurt or abandon him again. The borderline suffers from a fragile sense of self and feelings of worthlessness. They are emotionally dependent on others and have poor impulse control. Some of these individuals go through periods of delusional thought and paranoia, have psychotic breaks and end up in psychiatric hospitals. Higher level borderlines function quite well in the world despite their psychological dependencies and unconscious feelings of worthlessness and instability. Unlike the narcissist, the borderline is capable of feeling deeply for others and can be highly empathic.
This is a marriage made in Hades. The borderline acquiesces to the demanding, perfectionistic, self-entitled narcissist. Beneath the yoke of his psychological burden, the borderline despises his spouse the way he unconsciously hated his parents when he was a child. He repeats this pattern in adulthood, hoping to get the love and respect that he deserved so long ago. The borderline has come to the wrong place. He will not be accepted and loved for himself here. He will be exploited. Many borderline spouses stay with their abusive narcissistic mates because they are in so much psychological pain, suffer from low self esteem and are accustomed to being treated abusively. The cruelty of this marital arrangement mimics the familiar painful psychological patterns of childhood. The cycle continues until the narcissist decides to discard his current spouse for an updated, more attractive, compliant model. The used up spouse is ejected to fend for himself. The narcissist moves on to his next great excitement without memories or regret. For him, it's a relief: a one handed flick of a fly off the face.
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