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The Rules of Love, 2nd Edition by Richard Templar

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RULE 3

You won’t be happy with a partner until you can be happy on your own

I knew a woman who was always in a relationship. You know the kind – maybe you’re the same yourself – the moment one relationship ended, another started. I asked her once why this was and she told me that she didn’t like being on her own, so she made sure it never happened. When I got to know her well, she was with a man who was perfectly decent but who just didn’t give her the love she deserved. Why did she put up with it, I asked her. She patiently explained that she had no choice, because the alternative was being on her own, and she couldn’t cope with that.

In the end, though, things got really bad and he left. She braced herself for the breakdown she knew would ...

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