Not sharing expectations leads to disagreements, conflicts, and arguments


One of the main reasons couples argue is because they are not on the same page. It’s not so much because they might disagree on something, but it has more to do with knowing and understanding where each partner is coming from. Partners usually make assumptions about what is going on, what their partner wants, and that they both want the same thing… Partners don’t always share what’s on their mind, their wishes, and desires and expect their partner to somehow know… Not sharing expectations with your partner is a sure way to not be on the same page, to have disagreements, conflicts, arguments, and fights. 

There are many reasons that partners might not share their expectations with each other, some include that:

~ They might not realize that it’s easier to get on the same page when the parties involved know what’s on the table

~ They might be afraid to share for fear of being misunderstood, judged, and rejected 

~ They might be worried that their partner knowing what they want might cause disagreements, conflicts, arguments, and fights 

What they don’t realize is that as they each operate from their own set of beliefs, opinions, expectations, and wishes that they are more likely than not to run into trouble. Can’t be on the same team, collaborate and work towards achieving a common goal if the partners are focused on different things and doing things in different ways. 

When the partners are not aligned, they are each going in their own direction making it impossible to make progress creating the home life, family, lifestyle, and life they want. Not to mention that there is friction and conflict at every step of the way, making it challenging to get along, feel good about the relationship, and cultivate connection and embrace their love. 

It is important for partners to get on the same page about their expectations so they can align and better collaborate, creating a strong partnership and successful relationship… 

Clarifying Expectations

The first order of business is to own for oneself what our beliefs are about all areas of life and relationship to make sure we have a clean mindset to draw expectations from… If we have limiting beliefs, a lack mentality, and just overall poor mental hygiene, we are likely to have faulty expectations out of the gate. 

Then not only would we not have communicated our expectations to our partner, but they are unrealistic and potentially out there as well. Talk about setting up our relationship to be a struggle… 

So, back to the first order of business, review all the areas for yourself first. Scrutinizing your beliefs about them as to:

~ How realistic they are
~ Do they make sense
~ How did you come to believe them
~ Did you choose these or were they passed down to you
~ Do you want to keep them
~ Do they need to be upgraded
~ And so on

Clean up what you believe about each area to be really representative of where you stand with things. Fully own what you believe in its cleanest form. 

The areas, topics, and concepts to review include things like:

  • Dating
  • Intimacy
  • Connection
  • Affection
  • Touch
  • Sex
  • Sexuality
  • Body
  • Gender
  • Gender Roles
  • Relationship
  • Commitment
  • Marriage
  • In-laws
  • Husband
  • Wife
  • Spouse
  • Partner
  • Partnership
  • Pregnancy
  • Nursing
  • Children
  • Parenting
  • Discipline
  • Education
  • Health
  • Illness
  • Death
  • Weight
  • Priorities
  • Goals
  • Collaboration
  • Support
  • Chores
  • House Keeping
  • Leisure
  • Vacation
  • Career
  • Success
  • Finances
  • Debt
  • Money
  • Spirituality
  • Religion
  • Politics
  • Social Systems
  • Social Institutions
  • And so on… 

Explore as much or a little as makes sense for where you are in your relationship and add other things that are important to you that might not be captured on the list. Then you are ready to share with your partner…  

As you can probably see, these are big things that we have all sorts of ideas, preferences, and expectations about that we might not be fully aware ourselves and that are impacting our relationship and our life. 

And, as you can probably see, these can wreak some havoc in our interactions and our relationship if we are not proactive about what we belief and expect and about making that known… 

Just remember when you have your sharing session with your partner, to be gentle, open, understanding, accepting and mindful. Both your sides are equally as valid, and you might find that you diverge on things. 

That’s ok. That’s the point of this exercise. To find the differences so you can work on getting on the same page for improving your collaboration, partnership and overall relationship and life.


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