The idea of fairy tales is still alive and well. The prince. The princess. The heroic rescue on a white horse. The happily ever after. Read a book. Watch a movie. Prince Charming and Mr. or Mrs. Right are apparently still out there—somewhere.
In truth, as effective as they are as an escape, getting yourself in too much of a fairy-tale mindset is actually incredibly destructive to your love life. Believing in that "perfect" partner, placing your happiness in someone else’s hands, and trying to force an existing relationship to match some ideal you have in your head destroys your potential for real, lasting love before you can even realize it.
Here are three fairy-tale myths that disempower you and destroy relationships, plus tools that empower you to create a relationship that works: