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Couple Challenge: Relationship Builder

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Origami helps let us let go of self-judgment and perfectionism. It can be used in psychology for people who struggle in these areas, as well as other areas. If we are too judgmental of ourselves, put unrealistic, high expectations on ourselves and always strive for perfection, we put a lot of stress on ourselves, as well as on our spouse who can end up feeling like they can never live up to the expectations you set. Underlying perfectionism, one often finds anxiety and a lack of self-acceptance that drives one to seek perfection. The irony to perfectionism is that one often ends up feeling like a failure, for none of us is perfect. As a result, perfectionists are prone to experience panic attacks, irritability, and depression.

The truth of God’s Word says in Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (NKJV). As you work to fold the paper into various origami, discuss how you might have allowed perfectionism and unrealistic expectation in yourself and in your marriage become a way that does not promote a healthy mindset in you and a healthy relationship in your marriage.

 

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