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jwquon1
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My name’s Jack. I hope you’re well!

I have a friend who’s coming to terms with the potential ending of a five-year relationship. Judging by the differences between the couple, they seem incompatible in many ways. Their differences are unbridgeable, and my friend has said so themself. Namely, my friend is on the more agreeable and adaptable side, while their partner is highly neurotic and plenty aggressive.

My question is this— how do you recommend someone think through the conundrum of being in a committed relationship, one built on a history of love, yet finding they must set hard boundaries? These boundaries, we’ve discussed, could very well non-negotiable. How do they ward off unnecessary anger, resentment, and confusion to their partner?

I would love to hear your advice. Thank you.

Best,
Jack