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Russell B. Lemle, Ph.D., is an Associate Clinical Professor in psychiatry at UC San Francisco; Chief Psychologist San Francisco VA Medical Center; and Director, Couples Center of San Francisco.
Why do relationship differences wind up in heated disagreement? Invariably, it’s because partners claim they’re entitled to their own preference, i.e. they should get their way, even without their partner’s buy-in, because their justification has greater weight and relevance. “How Being Entitled to Our Way - Gets in the Way” reviews the 15 most commonly used entitlements, how they unavoidably lead to conflict, and alternative approaches for making mutually satisfying decisions.