It is totally natural that, from time to time, people doubt whether their relationship is what “it should be like.” Your family may be different from the family you grew up in and that’s also okay. We have analyzed the signs of unorthodox relationships and found expert opinions on why many couples don’t follow the stereotypes and are still happy.
You don’t talk a lot.
You can be together in silence for a long time. You don’t feel uncomfortable and you don’t have to talk all the time. Doctor Roni Beth thinks that the couples that can just be together in silence, doing their own thing, have a very special connection.
- My dad always told me that all I needed to do to make friends was to be ok at talking, good at listening, and excellent at keeping my mouth shut.
- Being able to be happy in “awkward” silence is actually truly loving silence. It says everything words cannot.
You go on vacations separately.
The number of people who go on vacation without their partners is growing, with around one-third of American adults admitting they go on solo trips. It can even make your relationship stronger: if you truly love your partner, you will miss them. At the same time, you can do whatever you want. For example, you can go and visit museums while your partner is out somewhere climbing mountains.