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You may think you are supporting your significant other, and you may be, but you may be doing it in the wrong way.

If you choose to be there for your partner, make sure you are doing it in the way they want you too.

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Researchers believe there are three “commonly studied ways partners support each other”:

  • Emotional Support: Expressing concern, empathy, love, or encouragement.
  • Tangible Support: Helping your partner with hands-on practical things, such as cooking a meal or financial assistance.
  • Informational Support: Sharing information, helpful facts, or advice.

We are not mind readers. Experts say it’s okay to tell your partner which type of support you desire. On the flip side, you should ask your significant other which type of support they need.