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Bedon Sabeq Enzar: Is It Healthy to Compare Our Marriage Relationship to Our Parents'?

Author Engy Elghannam
Time 3/29/24, 7:00 PM
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From the first episode of Bedon Sabeq Enzar, we observe Marwan and Laila, the leading couple, grappling with numerous issues in their relationship during a couples therapy session. We notice in their conversation how they compare their parents' relationship to their own, highlighting a common issue many married couples face: "relationship comparisons." 

 

While comparing relationships is a natural human tendency, it's important to acknowledge the pitfalls of this behavior. Whether one grew up surrounded by positive experiences of love or faced challenges within their parents' marriage, it's essential to recognize the drawbacks of this comparison. Therefore, it's crucial to forge our own path in marriage and avoid constantly measuring our relationships against those of our parents.

 

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Why do people compare their marriage to their parents' from the beginning?

From the moment we enter into marriage, we are influenced by the relationships we witnessed during our formative years. Our parents' marriage serves as a primary model, shaping our understanding of love, communication, and partnership. Whether consciously or unconsciously, we often look to their relationship for guidance and validation, seeking to replicate or avoid certain aspects based on our perceptions and experiences.

 

 

What would be the result of comparing with them in the end?

 Constantly comparing our marriage to our parents' sets us up for unrealistic expectations and potential disappointment. Whether our parents' relationship was a source of inspiration or adversity, measuring our own partnership against theirs can lead to feelings of inadequacy, resentment, or complacency. Over time, this comparison may erode the foundation of our marriage, hindering our ability to nurture a relationship that is authentic and fulfilling.

 

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Why it's vital to forge our path and avoid comparing:

 

 

1. Embrace your Unique Dynamics 

No two marriages are identical, just as no two individuals are alike. Each relationship is shaped by its own set of circumstances, personalities, and external factors. When we compare, we might end up copying behaviors that might not align with our true selves or the dynamics of our relationship. By doing things our own way, we make room for authenticity, allowing our marriage to be real and true to what we believe in and what we want to achieve together. 

 

 

2. Encourage Growth and Adaptation

Marriage is a journey of growth and adaptation, which means being flexible and resilient. When we don't compare ourselves to others, we give ourselves the power to face challenges and opportunities in our relationship based on what's happening in our lives. This helps us feel more in control and able to steer our marriage in the right direction.

 

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3. Advocate for stronger communication

 Comparing our marriage to others can make it harder to communicate effectively because we might find it difficult to express our true feelings and needs. When we focus on our own journey, we make it a priority to talk openly and understand each other, creating a culture of communication that brings us closer together as partners.

 

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 4. Build a Legacy of Love and Resilience

Our marriage is an opportunity to create a legacy of love, resilience, and growth. Whether we grew up in a household filled with affection or struggled with parental discord, we have the power to shape the direction of our own relationships. By prioritizing our partnership, focusing on mutual growth, and nurturing a genuine and enduring love, we set the stage for a legacy that goes beyond our past experiences.

 

 

Can we still learn from from our parents' relationship?

 

Experiencing love in a positive way while growing up teaches us important lessons about communication, empathy, and commitment. On the other hand, seeing difficulties in our parents' relationship can help us identify areas we want to handle differently in our own relationship. Rather than comparing, we can learn from both good and bad experiences, using them to create a marriage that reflects what we value and aspire to achieve.

 

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