quote:Originally posted by ddouble:
To all the advocates of IR relationships - how do you manage the culture conflicts along with the normal gender conflicts?
Very, very carefully. It's complicated and it can go wrong very easily. Both people have to be bigger than the bullshit. That in itself can be difficult to find.
As I've said before, patience and sensitivity are the key words. Patience with communication, because each person probably has vastly different styles. Sensitivity for any subject or situation where either person has no frame of reference. I think these things are mandatory in IR's, but all male/female relationships would benefit from a successful application of these two words.
Then again, one person I shared this with said "If women talked a little less and men listened a little more, both those things would come naturally."
My 2 Cents...