By Dr. Louis V. Haynes
The truth of the matter is that a good portion of your arguments with your significant other are likely variations of the same arguments again and again, about 68% of all your conflicts in fact. We couples therapists refer to these as "perpetual problems." They're perpetual because they're fundamentally rooted in differences in your respective personalities (beliefs, values, etc.). Nevertheless, avoidance never solved any problems and this is a great article about topics you definitely want to make sure you're discussing before taking the leap of marriage. These are also topics that are addressed effectively in pre-marital couples therapy.