Nationalism, being defensive and taking things very personally. Filipino habits AND Australian habits. We can get overly defensive when we think someone is looking down on us and judging us, and we both have a tendency to overreact. Time we in both Australia AND in the Philippines learned to understand each other better, and to welcome constructive criticism especially within an Australian Filipina relationship.
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Yes, for a marriage to work a couple really should have "nothing sacred" and should welcome the other partner to express themselves freely. And this includes constructive criticism. At the same time we should be sensitive to each others feelings and do all we can not to hurt each other. Feelings are always OK and always acceptable, and self-reflection of ourselves AND our own countries and cultures is intelligent. Generalising too much and judging all based on the behaviour of some? This is racism, and it's highly unintelligent.
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