Doctor Karen Phillip has been a family psychotherapist for 15 years and in that time has seen it all and heard it all. As an experienced relationship expert, Dr. Phillip highlights there is a pattern as to why couple fights and consequently break up. “Over the last decade, I’ve found that so many of the same issues keep presenting themselves.”
Love is not enough to keep a couple together forever, despite what Hollywood says. Phillip suggests addressing the subject of contention before it leads to the end of a union. Here is a list to help guide couples to a happier and successful life together.
IT TAKES THREE YEARS
According to research, it takes three years to really know the person you’re with. Dr. Phillip warns that people tend to rush into things while everything appears to be perfect or during what a lot of people call the “honeymoon stage.” She says our true feelings about the in-laws are the last to show. “We should be waiting at least 12 months, otherwise the façade is still there,” says Phillip.