When we begin a relationship with someone, we would like to believe that they are our soulmate for the rest of our lives.
However, there may come a time where both of you stumble across certain differences between each other that you never knew existed until now.
This can make us feel confused sometimes, unsure of what we should actually be expecting from our significant other; and yet all we really want to do is make sure that both of you are on the same page.
We build the image of our soulmate up so much through years and years of growing up, that we think we have a perfect image as to what we want when it comes to being in love with someone.
Even though you may seem a little conflicted at the moment with your partner and second guessing yourself, if they're really your soulmate, then you should look at these seven ways to tell if your partner truly is the one meant for you, or maybe you should be looking for someone else.
1. Does Your Partner Have A Forgiving Nature?
One of the biggest things, that matters most in all relationships, is being able to forgive the other one of previous failures or misadventures they've had before meeting each other.
If your partner likes to loom your previous mistakes over your head all of the time as if you owe them something for the things you did in the past, then your partner might not exactly be the soulmate you're looking for.
If this person was truly in love with you, they'd be able to get past all of the things that you used to do before meeting them. They certainly wouldn't be taunting you with old memories that you prefer not to look back on.
2. Do You Trust Each Other?
Another major, key element to every single relationship, especially to those who believe they've found their soulmate, is being able to trust one another.
If you feel as if you and your partner are still figuring out how to trust one another, then they may not exactly be the soulmate you're looking for right now.
Being able to trust the person you love just goes without saying that it's one of the most necessary pieces of your bond with each other. Otherwise, what is the point of being with on another if you aren't going to trust them?
3. Can You Communicate With Each Other?
One of the other important elements to being in a romantic relationship with your soulmate is being able to communicate with one another about literally anything at all.
There should never be any idea that it's taboo to your partner, to where you'd feel uncomfortable talking to them about something. Your soulmate will understand or at least try to understand where you're coming from whenever you bring up something you're nervous about.
Not only that, but you have to be able to communicate in order to truly understand each other.Expecting your soulmate to be a mind-reader is a very unrealistic expectation to have about the other person.
4. Being Yourself, Comfortably, Around Them
If you feel like you aren't able to be your true self around your soulmate, then you might want to reconsider looking for a different one.
Being able to express everything that you feel as well as being able to be yourself no matter where you go or who you are with is a very important thing to have when you think you've found your soulmate.
They should love you for you, no matter what that looks like. Your happiness should matter most to them and not their own selfish preferences that would oppress you otherwise.
The same goes for them, if you don't let your soulmate be themselves, then you should probably consider being with someone else.
5. Can You Let Your Guard Down?
Being able to let your guard down and be vulnerable around your partner is also another key aspect of a relationship with your soulmate.
If your partner was truly your soulmate, then you'd be able to expose every emotion that you're feeling to them without fear of consequences.
Your soulmate, as well as yourself, should be able to shed all of your armor so that you can both be closer to one another without feeling like something bad is going to happen if you let them in for too long.
This is a genuine feeling to have around your soulmate and if they aren't able to share those tender moments with you then you might not be with your soulmate.
6. Can Deal With Compromises
Compromises are a constant thing with growing relationships, especially with your soulmate.
If your partner isn't able to figure out compromises with you in order to make you happy,as well as making your relationship work, then you might not have found your true soulmate.
Of course, there will always be stubborn people in the world, but when it comes to being in love with someone, you should do your absolute best for them even if it means creating compromises for each other.
Your happiness together should come first, above all else, in your relationship.
Hopefully this has helped you determine whether or not you think your partner is your true soulmate.
source and courtesy: higherperspectives.com
Researchers from Belgium and Taiwan have found that being exposed to Buddhist concepts can lead to increased prosocial behavioral intentions and undermine prejudice towards others.
Buddhism contains a variety of teachings and practices – such as meditation – intended to help individuals develop a more open-minded and compassionate personality. Unlike the three dominant monotheistic religions, it does not draw a sharp line between believers and unbelievers.
In three separate experiments of 355 individuals, the researchers found that being exposed to words related to Buddhism could “automatically activate prosociality and tolerance, in particular among people with socio-cognitive open-mindedness.”
The study adds to a growing body of research about priming, a phenomenon in which merely being exposed to certain words or concepts changes the way people think or behave. It was published in the April issue of the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.
When Westerners familiar with Buddhism read religious words like “Dharma” and “Nirvana” – which they were exposed to under the guise of completing a word puzzle – they reported lower negative attitudes toward out groups compared to participants exposed to positive non-religious words like “freedom.”
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Westerners with a Christian background also became more tolerant after being exposed to Buddhist concepts, though only among those with a predisposition for valuing the welfare of all people and an aversion towards authoritarianism. Implicit association tests showed that these participants were less prejudiced against African people and Muslims than participants exposed to Christian concepts or neutral concepts.
Westerners with a Christian background also scored higher on measures of prosociality after being exposed to Buddhist concepts. Surprisingly, participants did not score higher on measures of prosociality after being exposed to Christian concepts.
The effect of being exposed to Buddhist concepts was not restricted to cultures in which the religion was seen as particularly exotic, the researchers said. Being exposed to Buddhist concepts also fostered increased tolerance and prosociality, compared with neutral and Christian concepts, among participants living in Taiwan.
“To conclude, we think that this work provides, for the first time, experimental evidence in favor of the idea that in both the East and the West, across people from both Christian and Eastern Asian religious traditions, Buddhist concepts automatically activate positive social behavioral outcomes, that is, prosociality and low prejudice, in particular among people with personal dispositions of socio-cognitive openness,” the researchers wrote.
“Unlike Christian and other monotheistic religious systems that paradoxically seem to encourage not only prosociality but also prejudice, Buddhist ideas favor both prosociality and outgroup tolerance, and these ideals seem particularly efficient (in leading to action) for people with relevant personality dispositions.”
“Emotional (compassion) and cognitive (tolerance of contradictions) mechanisms explain, to some extent, how Buddhist concepts, across cultural and religious contexts, enhance prosocial and tolerant attitudes and behavioral tendencies. Religious and cultural characteristics ‘travel’ and influence people’s attitudes and behavior in a globalized world even at the implicit level of consciousness,” the researchers concluded.
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