Where Does Your Relationship Advice Come From?

Have you ever stopped to think about where your relationship advice comes from? There are so many different views on what makes a relationship healthy and how relationships "should be." All of these different opinions are formed based on people's source for relationship advice.

Sources of Relationship Advice

TV is a common source of relationship advice for many people. The way relationships are portrayed on TV varies. Some sitcoms normalize dysfunctional relationships while others offer a romanticized version of relationships.

Getting relationship advice from movies can make people feel like all relationships should have a happy ending. Watch any romantic comedy and you'll see how love seems to conquer all, which isn't how it really works in the real world.

Depending on the type of magazine you read, gaining relationship advice from magazines can sometimes be dangerous territory. Many women’s' magazines have relationship advice columns and articles about how to improve your relationship. However, articles such as "10 Ways to Win Back Your Man," or "How to Spy on Your Boyfriend Without Getting Caught," aren't always based on sound relationship advice.

Friends sometimes have their own agendas when they offer relationship advice. If you’ve got a single friend who has been in some bad relationships and wants you to be free to hit the clubs every Friday night, your relationship advice might consist of “Lose the dead weight. You can do better.”

Family can be another source of relationship advice that might or might not be helpful. Ask your 85-year-old Grandma what to do and maybe you’ll hear, “Well it’s not like he’s beating you, dear.” Yikes. Sometimes family members’ relationship advice might not share the same definition of love.

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Where do you get your relationship advice and how do you know if it is sound?

Where Does Your Relationship Advice Come From?