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Self-Sufficiency: The Ultimate Equalizer In A Relationship

One critical thing to remember about the overall concept of Life Simplified is that it is built on the notion of empowering the self. Empowering people so that there is no vulnerability or weakness in the way they live their lives, and of course in the way they negotiate a relationship that is conducive to bringing them long-term happiness. People do each other wrong when they sense there is leverage of which they can take advantage. It is human nature to look for advantageous circumstances to benefit ourselves. It is not done out of malice but opportunism. Without leverage however, people cannot take advantage of each other; and as it refers to relationships, without leverage or vulnerability, there is no using or abusing one’s partner.

Life Simplified is constructed with the plan of leveling the playing field in any relationship by minimizing, if not eliminating, every single leverage one person can have over their partner, thereby empowering all people when they decide to be in a long-term relationship. Even if the primary, basic premise of the LSC is to bring about happiness, it is really the elimination of all obstacles to happiness that I was focused on when developing this concept. My main inquiry when developing the idea of LSC is, “why do relationships break and why do people hurt the ones they love?”

In truth, I don’t promise happiness, nor do I have the ability to do so even if I wanted to. But I can tell you what people do to mess up their relationships thereby denying themselves the chance for happiness. Beginning with that premise, I try to teach people what to do and what not to do to miss out on their chance of long-term happiness, and the first and most important thing I teach them, above all else, is Self-Sufficiency.

About the author

Dr. Tseday is a clinical psychologist and one of the country's leading experts in marriage, relationships, and self development. She advocates a unique and at times controversial approach to the dynamics of marriage and personal development, the necessary element for a successful relationship. Read more »

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