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Posted by Robin Abrahams  May 5, 2013 11:08 AM

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... is online here. In Which Miss Conduct Suspect a Couple May Have an Incompatibility:
 
Is he the logical, task-oriented sort while you tend to be more socially motivated? A lifetime of experience has taught me that such mismatched relationships can often be quite happy. Two warnings, though, to keep your differences productive rather than destructive. One, recognize your differences as such. It's not always a question of one party or the other being "wrong." Also, even if your sweetheart is Mr. Business and you're Miss Pleasure, you shouldn't take on one hundred percent of the role of social director and emotional connection-maker. It's an easy dynamic to fall into, particularly for straight couples where the woman is the social butterfly. But to do so erodes the social skills and emotional support network of the, er, social caterpillar in the couple
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