NZ Herald: When friends and family don’t like your partner


We all tend to seek social approval – even if we say we don’t. A career change, a new house, or the purchase of that rather expensive pair of shoes; it’s nice when our friends and family approve of our “heart stopping” decisions.

But it pales into insignificance when the people we love, friends and family, actively disapprove of our partner.

Was it their sense of humour that was wrong, the accent, or maybe their past history? The way he held his fork, perhaps?

Or might it be that those who care about you love you so much that they feel your partner isn’t good enough for you? Or are they jealous? Even if we say we don’t care, the fact is most of us consider a battery of questions if we feel those we love don’t approve of the one we love.

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