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To find out what you want in a relationship, first find out the things you do not want, as it can help you better understand your needs. To do this, write down a list of non-negotiable characteristics of potential partners, such as not having anger problems, being lazy or having a history of cheating. Think about your past relationships and your friends and family relationships to help you find out about your non-negotiable items. For example, if you have a friend who always has to tell their boyfriend where they are, you can say that your partner has to trust. Once you've created a list of non-negotiable items, you use these to limit the things you want in a partner, such as concerns about their health, having their own hobbies, and being responsible for money. When you go to new people, use this list to see how suitable they would be for you. For more tips from our co-author, including how you can tell your partner what you want in a relationship, read on!
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