Often times couples have different needs around alone time and socializing time. When people have wants that aren’t expressed, arguments can ensue. Especially if one person wants the other to be a mind reader.
What your expectations are is an important conversation to have, especially with socializing holidays coming up. Check in with each other before you are at the bbq or party. What are your expectations of how long you will be there, how social you each will be, if you want to spend time together or be off on your own talking with people, if someone needs space what will they do (leave, take a walk, go read a book somewhere).
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