Sandra met her husband to be when she was at work, performing, and Paul was on a blind date that didn't go well. She was seeing someone else, but he would come to see her perform.
They started dating after three years and married 11 months later. Sandra and Paul have been married now for over 25 years.
One of the biggest problems they've worked on is their power struggle. They have worked on effective communication, and went to couples counseling for help in learning tools and skills. Empathy has brought them closer.
I write a lot here on Couple's Net about attunement: listen well, let the other know what you heard and give empathy. You are not necessarily agreeing; you are giving empathy, however.
Sandra and Paul try to express how they feel: e., g., hurt, neglected, angry, and at times "mirror" to each other ? try to put themselves in each other's shoes.
Sandra's tips for couples are:
1. Open your heart.
2. Be respectful.
3. It can be hard to be loving and caring when upset, but the other person is feeling many of the same insecurities.
4. We all want to be loved and accepted and being vulnerable is sometimes very scary.