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My partner has fallen into the habit of constantly criticising others

This week, Fiona Brennan advises a reader who wants their partner to stop being extremely negative about their friends and relatives

It doesn’t take long to discover that those who criticise others are often harshest on themselves

Dear Expert,

I love my partner very much, but over the years I’ve noticed that she has fallen into patterns where she constantly criticises others. That includes our friends, relatives and the people we see on a day-to-day basis. It's grinding me down a bit, but when I ask her to stop, she acts like she doesn't know what I’m talking about. Is there a way to stop the negativity without actually creating more by ...