CCM’s Consciously Coupled Relationship Series :: 5 Tips for Navigating Cultural Differences in Relationships Cross-Cultural

I think we should never segregate ourselves based on race, religion, nationality, culture nor any media, family or peer influenced limitations other than choosing the person that genuinely makes us happy. While it’s written in a tone toward an unmarried couple, I’d just as easily recommend it to those already married. My husband and I will certainly be chewing on some of the questions for quite a while.

  • Depending on how much experience he has either at home or elsewhere it’s going to be a shock to understand how finances work in his new home.
  • Issues of practicing your religious beliefs in the day to day, how you are going to raise your children and the family culture you choose to develop are all rooted in your religious beliefs or lack thereof.
  • For many people, they are a way of life, and there are many benefits to their minds and bodies.
  • Asian’s found their way to America for economic and social status, financial stability, and family growth which are similar reasons they left their country of origin.
  • Chances are whether you’re the immigrating spouse or your partner is, one of you won’t be able to work for awhile.
  • Unfortunately, interracial couples can still experience difficulties at times by virtue of the fact that racism exists in our society on a deep level.

Moustafa and Asma have two children and live in Tunis, the capital of Tunisia. If you have tried to work through these issues with your family in the past, to no success, you should consider reaching out to a trained psychologist or family therapist. A neutral third-party can be very helpful in moderating emotionally fraught discussions and ensuring they head in a constructive direction. ”Research shows that people who consider Amourfactory themselves married or are legally married have higher levels of relationship satisfaction,” Chlipala said. ”Some people say ’It’s just a piece of paper,’ but I totally disagree. When you are legally married, it is a different level of commitment than just saying, ’We’re in a relationship.’ Even if you are exclusive.”

Their marriages were a product of the culture they were raised in and the way marriages were viewed during the start of their relationships. America’s ideology of individualism and Brazil’s ideology of familism played a large role in the outcome of their marriages. My American grandparents had a failed marriage, mostly because their differing personal goals, while my Brazilian grandparents’ marriage has thrived on the importance of family. This look at marriage through a cultural lens can provide a deeper understanding of why some marriages last a lifetime and other do not. Lastly, it explains the function of marriage in different countries and how this function of marriage can result in various outcomes. In contrast, my grandparents from Brazil have a very loving marriage and have prioritized their family above all else. In a journal article written by Cláudio V. Torres and Maria Auxiliadora Dessen, family structure and marriage in Brazil are analyzed through a cultural lens.

Where do you share values, preferences and interests should be highlighted and celebrated. The more we realize that our performance will never reach God’s level of perfection, the more our excuses shatter. God’s patience makes it possible for us to learn deeper levels of repentance and joy. The Fruit of the Spirit Devotionalis afreeseries of nine short videos to get you into God’s Word and inspire you to seek the Holy Spirit’s help in loving your spouse.

In the first case, the groom completes his service prior to the marriage and then moves with the bride back to his family after the marriage. In the second case, the newly married couple remains in residence with the bride’s family until the service is concluded. The advantage of the second type of service is that frequently the wife is living with her mother when her first child is born.

It’s not that the characters in these books are flat or stereotypical. It’s that the falling apart of these couples is blandly and reductively blamed on the other’s culture, rather than character flaws. They must be deftly intimate, persuasively revealing of particular people who exist in a world as real and complex as our own. We lived nearly a year in the UAE and visited, for the first time, both of our ostensible homelands—India and Israel.

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Instead he uses “cultural differences” ironically, to keep us at arm’s length. For example, in some cultures, a man and woman do not choose to be together.

How Balancing Two Different Cultures

Finally, the degree to which spouses choose their marriage partners may help us understand divorce rates. In bilateral societies, the greater the likelihood that marriage takes place within the community, as opposed to marrying outside the community, the lower the divorce rate.

Cultural differences / likely pitfalls for international marriage (Westerner and Japanese)

Kissing and hugging in public is a common sight when couples meet each other. Family and relatives should always help and support the couple throughout because it’s a tough challenge they have to face. I’ve been with my wife for 8 years and married for 1 and am so far having the same experience as you. There are exceptions to everything, but after several marriages (don’t ask), there are some things that are pretty common. Our systems have detected unusual traffic activity from your network. Please complete this reCAPTCHA to demonstrate that it’s you making the requests and not a robot. If you are having trouble seeing or completing this challenge, this page may help.

Communication can be one of the biggest difficulties faced by the intercultural couples. This can include the challenge of, literally, speaking different languages. Communication also becomes an issue when it affects the way a couple solve problems.

However, marriage is far from a necessary solution to the sharing problem. Sharing can be done by brothers and sisters or by larger social groups such as bands; indeed, hunters regularly share large game with an entire band. But as already discussed, sharing can be accomplished in other ways.

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