One of the easiest ways to cheapen a relationship is for one person to put the other down or make them the butt of a joke publicly.
The message conveyed is, “You’re of no value to me.” Even jokingly, feelings can be hurt. The old adage is that in every joke there is an element of truth. And if that is what is truly felt, the conversation is probably best held privately rather than through the forum of company.
Awkwardness is usually felt by those in the room as well. Folks are left thinking, “Alrighty now. How do I respond to that?”
Occasionally we all slip up, caught in the moment. An apology is due and delivered. Depending upon the situation, it may need to be delivered to all who heard.
Communication is always key.
These are things we’ve put into practice in our relationship and they work for us. Because I believe they are universal principles, they should work for others, too. LGBTI or straight, those of us who choose to be in relationships understand how much of an investment is required to maintain them and keep them on track.
Periodically, I’d like to share an insight which I believe will strengthen or help you begin one of your own.