When a couple enters into a trading relationship they will notice, they are on a destructive path.
What is a trading relationship?
A trading relationship happens when one person does something for their partner with the expectation of getting something in return.
Trading relationships are not about I’m taking action for you; they are about taking action for themselves.
This is where it goes wrong.
The moment the relationship becomes about that person and not their partner, resentment can start to grow.
Many people believe that trading is the only way to get their needs met, the reality is it’s one of the worst energies to bring to a relationship .
I do this for you, so I expect you to do this for me is a demand that creates pressure that loses their partner their freedom.
You see many people who trade then become upset their trade isn’t working.
The person on the receiving end of the trade may comply with the trade to avoid an upset but they will resent being pressured.
This is dangerous for couples.
If a person communicated the trade they wanted to their partner before they took action, you notice the trade would rarely be accepted or agreed.
This is the problem with the trade; in so many cases, the person being traded with is unaware of the trade, or if they are they will resent it.
In the end, the person on the receiving end of the trade will feel manipulated or used.
The give-to-get model has never worked.
The model that works is one that is authentic and takes pressure out of the situation.
I give to you because it’s who I am is a loving pattern.
When a person wants to add massive value to their partner, that value is likely to be seen as authentic, loving and caring.
The chances of that partner wanting to give back significantly more in those circumstances are dramatically increased.
It’s important if you are going to contribute you understand the action that would support your partner.
Many people make the mistake of giving what they think their partner needs which is frustrating to both people.
Trading stresses relationships, so this destructive pattern must change, or it could push their connection to the edge.