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The Rules of Love, 2nd Edition by Richard Templar

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RULE 86

They don’t have to be the same as you

Do you look exactly like your mother? And your father? And your brother, sister, and children? No, of course not. You may have your mum’s nose or your dad’s smile or your sister’s funny little toe, but although you share half* your genes with each of them, you have another half that are entirely different. You are unique. I always tell my children (jokingly of course), ‘You’re not really my child. You’re just my half-child.’

Same goes for personality. You may find it difficult to express emotion like your brother, or be tidy bordering on the neurotic like your mother, but your combination of personality traits is unique.

So why is it that we assume that our family will feel the same way about things ...

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