EU. Things get bad really fast when a relationship turns into a power struggle, with one person fighting to get his or her way all the time. You've probably heard lots of stuff about how men and women don't seem to speak the same language. Like the I-Thou relation, love is a subject-to-subject relationship. Being in a relationship is about “We” not “I”. Sometimes, we bank on the fact that our partners should know that we love groom them even when we don't show it. No one can read minds. Someone who doesn't yet have this part down may need to work on it with a trained therapist before he or she is ready for a relationship. But for some people, those rose-coloured glasses turn into blinders that keep them from seeing that a relationship isn't as healthy as it should be. Listening to your partner will enhance your relationship in many ways.
Being supportive means making your partner's happiness and well-being a priority, in ways big and small.