Whether or not we are aware of what the nature of our historical framework is, or is not, that framework informs the way we behave in our present-day primary relationship. As most recovering people discover along the way, it is imperative that consciousness be brought to uncovering old ideas that do not work anymore, letting them go, and bringing in new ideas that support the ability to sustain faith and trust in a collaborative way with yourself and in your partnership.
The following list of characteristics - obviously along a continuum of extremes on both ends of the spectrum - may be helpful in identifying what the potential can be of going from a dysfunctional relationship based on power, control, right, and wrong to a functional relationship of cooperative effort, mutual alliance, respect, and equanimity.
Ultimately, when a couple is approaching their relationship from a present-day, conscious frame of reference, the following will manifest within the relationship:
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