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Have you ever considered how your family patterns have affected your dating behavior? Consider the following:
How does your family solve problems?
How does your family communicate?
Does your family spend time together?
Is religion important in your family?
How important is commitment to your parents?
How do your parents show appreciation and affection?
Once you have analyzed your family, it is a good idea to write down specific ways that you have been influenced by your family. For example, do you want to show affection the way your parents did or would you like to do it differently? If you want to do it differently, how will you make that happen?
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|