Relationships thrive when couples focus on the same goals. These goals can be broken down into institutional goals which focus on basic human needs, compassionate goals which focus on a mutual sense of belonging, and self-expressive goals which focus on personal growth. For the individual, it’s important to ask questions to there partner so that they are on the same page and can avoid conflict in the future. All in all, there is no one right goal for a relationship since it’s up to the individual involved.
- There are three types of goals in typical romantic relationships: institutional goals, compassionate goals, and self-expressive goals.
- There is sometimes a disconnect from what people expect out of a relationship, and the effort they actually put into it.
- No specific relationship goal is better than the others since it’s about finding a partner that compliments, and satisfies each other’s goals.
“Beyond that, many individuals may have a more difficult time meeting basic needs too, leaving even less time and energy to pursue such self-expression.”