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Are you the breadwinner?

The one who takes out the garbage?

Do you make all the decisions about your family?

Do you like it that way?

Men and women come to the relationship table with definite ideas about the role that each should play. Whether from their own family example, television and pop culture or some other influence, we grow up with clear ideas of what men do and what women do.

If you grew up in a home where your parents worked together as equals to run the house and make the rules, it’s likely that you would expect that in your own relationships. On the other hand, if your mom was the ruler of the house and your dad was the “yes” man, then you might not be happy unless you have a guy who agrees with your every move. Was there physical abuse in the house? Then, sorry to say it, but you may think that is “normal.”

Conversely, when you have lived through negative or unsatisfactory conditions, you may seek out the opposite—and hopefully more positive—options for your own relationships.

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