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The Rules of Love, 2nd Edition by Richard Templar

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RULE 36

Know when to listen and when to act

This is one of those Rules I have the most difficulty with. I know what I should be doing, and I get it right more often than I used to, but I don’t get it right as often as I should. Maybe it’s a bloke thing.

So where do I go wrong? Well, when someone tells me they have a problem, I try to solve it. Seems obvious to me. But apparently (as I am frequently told), that’s not what’s wanted. And I do understand really, I just have to keep reminding myself. So I’ll explain it to you in the hope that writing it down will help it sink into my brain too.

Some problems, of course, do require action. If your partner calls to say they’re stuck in a traffic jam and they won’t be home in time to pick up the kids/get ...

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