In romantic relationships, partners love conditionally when they approve of each other's beliefs, needs, and desires, and share lifestyle preferences that breed companionship, comfort, and pleasure. Yet, unlike unconditional love, conditional love can quickly be withheld or terminated if conditions are unmet or broken.
POSITIVE PRACTICE Reflect on a time when your hopes for unconditional love might have been unrealistic… What are the positive conditions that should be part of your relationship? Jot these down and communicate them with your partner. Brainstorm ways that you can dialogue about your needs with your partner. This dialogue can be verbal or written based on your joint preferences.