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When Your Partner Is the Only Person Who Gets You

When Your Partner Is the Only Person Who Gets You

When discussing her recent trip to flood-devastated Pakistan, Angelina Jolie said she'll share the details of the tragedy with partner Brad, and Brad only. "I don't have a lot of friends I talk to. He is really the only person I talk to," she admitted.

As a celebrity, Angelina must have a tricky time finding friends she can open up to, but most of us regular people have also experienced the challenges of making meaningful friendships after college. It's healthy to count your partner as your best friend, but sometimes a lack of platonic relationships can make us feel isolated in our romantic relationships.

If you're paired up, how do you rely on your partner for emotional support without feeling too dependent?

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RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 5 years
When it comes to talking about and sharing certain things, I have different people to whom I talk about different things. I've never had just one best friend either, it was always a large group. My husband is one of them, but there are some things that I'd rather discuss with someone else.
totygoliguez totygoliguez 5 years
I think it is essential to have a close friendship with your boyfriend. I have found that all my intimate relations are with people who I trust. And it is definitely a must in a future boyfriend I may have.
inlove23 inlove23 5 years
While I have tons of friends that I confine in I keep the hush-hush ones to my boyfriend only. There's just things I don't want friends to know, and my boyfriend is the perfect person to confine in =)
divinedebris divinedebris 5 years
Well, this is a situation I know very well. All my life I've had difficulties making friends and when I met my husband 9 years ago I knew something was different about him. He's the only person I let in, the only person who gets to see just how crazy I really can be and that's been hard in itself. It gets hard not to depend on him so much, luckily I have my books to keep me sane.
Ladyseven Ladyseven 5 years
I live far away from my besties, so I really only talk to my BF, and it sucks. While we get along fine, it makes it really hard for me to have girl time, or confide in others about his irritating behaviors. I don't really have anyone to talk to, and I find myself not telling him things simply so I feel like I have SOME life outside of him. This is really hard, because I thrive in social situations; he "doesn't like people, except for me." He won't go out, and is really antisocial, making the whole thing snowball, until I want to throttle him. Like now, for instance... can you tell?
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 5 years
^ I am in the same boat as GlowingMoon. I have an absolutely wonderful group of girlfriends and a great little family unit that understand me as close as I'll ever be understood. I'm single right now, so obviously I haven't found the guy that accepts me the most yet!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 5 years
Truthfully, as an introvert, I regard myself as my own best friend (my dog is a close second :)). While I enjoy a close relationship with my husband, and a couple of other friends and family members, they do not always understand me (because they're not me). By and large, they ACCEPT me, but that's different from UNDERSTANDING me. The good part is that they love me anyways. :)
bryseana bryseana 5 years
I probably am too emotionally dependent on my boyfriend. I'd like to have more female friends.
French-Kiss French-Kiss 5 years
I find it imortant to have my boyfriend as a close friend (best friend) but also to keep at least one female friend. Because i love both, and nee both.
bransugar79 bransugar79 5 years
My husband really is the only person who totally gets me, but he's my very best friend and the person I know I can turn to no matter what. At the same time there are still other people who I find common ground with on certain things. I think there's always a balance to be found with things like this, and it's not necessarily bad to count your partner as number one, but having other people to rely on helps keep all the stress off your relationship.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 5 years
My bf knows more about me then ANYONE else. I have so many emotional blocks it isn't healthy! But, that is something I am working on. I have a VERY close gf who I trust and who has stood by me through thick and thin so I confide in her a lot...but I usually talk to my bf first just because he "gets" me.
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