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Do Tell: His and Her Values

I've been thinking a lot lately about shared values and romantic partners, that stuff at the very center of who you each are. And I'm still thinking about it, especially after reading an interview with Meryl Streep in this month's Psychologies magazine. The interviewer made the observation that Ms. Streep seemed to "draw a lot of strength from" her marriage. And here is the reply:

My husband understands the compulsion to create things, so it works. I think you have to have a partner who shares what you value in life. I’ve always loved raising a family and Don gets that it’s a big, important job. It’s a really, really hard job, and it never ends.

What do you think? Are your values ultimately the key to your health as a couple? And what are those values for you and your partner?


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