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Self-awareness can improve relationships. Here are tips to build it.

By Katherine Kam

26 Nov 2022 · 4 min read

When William Sparks was a 27-year-old graduate student in psychology, he wrote a paper on his divorce from his high school sweetheart. They had started off as equal partners. But she had grown increasingly dependent, he said, and he resented having to make all the decisions.

His professor, a psychologist known for blunt honesty, called him into his office. "How did you help create this dysfunction?" he asked.

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