Although all relationships experience ups and downs, you need to know when your relationship has reached an unhealthy stage.
If you’re experiencing the following, you could be in a dysfunctional relationship.
Threats of leaving
You find yourself constantly on edge and afraid to share your feelings because your partner makes you feel insecure and threatens to leave.
The blame game
Instead of taking responsibility for something that has gone wrong in your relationship, you and your partner continuously pass the buck between each other and no solution is ever reached.
Constant power struggle
Power struggles in relationships are never a good sign. When one of you throws your weight around to get what you want, you’re in a dictatorship, not a relationship.
For whatever reason, resentment can manifest easily in a relationship. Whether it’s a milestone that wasn’t celebrated or innocent flirting with someone outside of your relationships, issues that comprise your respect for one another can have a negative ripple effect.
A lack of communication
If you find yourself frequently arguing about irrelevant issues, never reaching a solution and rarely having mature, productive conversations, it’s time to re-evaluate your relationship. A lack of communication is one of the main causes of a break-up.
You see a bleak future
The idea of building a future with your partner doesn’t really excite you. In fact, it leaves you feeling hopeless. You may even find yourself looking for excuses to walk out.
You’re not walking on sunshine
Super-sensitivity rules your relationship. There should never be a reason to why you feel less than enough in your relationship.
If either party feels the need to seek intimacy outside of the relationship, it could mean that the relationship is not working.
Your smile is gone
While you can’t ever count on someone else to make you happy, you should be able to say you experience joy from having your partner is in your life. If you can’t, why bother?
Fights turn ugly
Fighting fair is not your thing. When the two of you disagree, your first response is to come out guns blazing, hitting at one another’s insecurities. This is never healthy as words uttered during a fight often last longer than the issue you’re actually arguing over.
Where’s your shine, Ma?
You’ve lost your will to live and you just haven’t been yourself. If your partner makes you feel like you need to change or be someone you’re not, you’re in the wrong place.