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Patricia: Damon, what are some of the common mistakes that women make in a relationship that are detrimental to its success? I.E overplaying the ‘independent’ role, not understanding masculinity and the need to allow it, talking to their friends about their relationship too much, not opening up with their lover, listening to too much Steve Harvey/TD Jakes, etc?

DY: You’ve already covered a few of the main ones, but one I’d like to add is losing sight of the fact that men, are in fact, human. Basically, there’s so much discussion about what makes us different, that we tend to forget that we — men and women — have many of the same feelings, fears, and emotions. And, instead of looking at the opposite gender as a person with a few biological differences, we sometimes act like we’re dealing with an entirely different species

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