Communication and Respect
→ Each partner should make a serious effort to learn about the other’s worldview.
→ Some differences matter (much) more than others; each partner should define his or her own negotiables and nonnegotiables.
→ Respect for individuals is nonnegotiable; respect for ideas is not.
→ Dogmatic thinking by either partner is the greatest obstacle to communication and compromise.
→ Research indicates that mixed-belief couples often exhibit particular strength in communicating to work out differences.
→ Contrary to conventional wisdom, avoiding sensitive topics is not always a bad idea.
→ One of the greatest sources of tension and conflict for a mixed-belief couple is the strong desire of one or both partners ...