Ever wonder if you and your partner are built to last? There are certain behaviors that can reveal if your relationship is on shaky ground. So if you're experiencing one of the following, you might want to try and fix it before it's too late. If you're experiencing all of the following, well... Maybe it's over already.
You Criticize Each Other Incessantly
When you use criticism as the primary tool to “correct” your partner’s behavior—and ultimately their personality—it should serve as a warning bell that your relationship is on shaky ground. How can you tell you’re being too critical? Watch for the use of generalizations in your statements, including, “You always,” “You never,” and “This always happens…” These sweeping statements could lead your partner to feel that they’re “never” good enough for you—which could be the beginning of the end for your relationship.
You Don’t Resolve Conflict Constructively
Do you tend to physically withdraw from your partner when you don’t get your way? Maybe you sulk about it for days on end, giving your partner the cold shoulder, leaving a deafening silence instead of dealing with the situation in a constructive way? Building these walls between you and your partner will inevitably break down your relationship.
Your Priorities Are Misplaced
At its most basic, a relationship can be defined as two people who make each other a priority. When one person in that relationship starts to question the significance of the role they play in their partner’s life, there’s trouble on the horizon. Feeling as though you have to constantly compete with work, friends and family to capture your lover’s attention can be emotionally exhausting, and ultimately, defeats the purpose of a romantic relationship altogether. It’s vitally important for the health of your relationship to communicate openly—and about important matters, too—to ensure both partners feel valued.
Your Biggest Source Of Stress Is Your Partner
For most people, being around their significant other is a way to relieve stress. However, there may come a time where the thought of hanging out with them or going home to them only adds to the stress of the rest of your day. This is a sign that the relationship has run its course. Feeling stressed or obligated to spend time with your partner only hurts you both. When the relationship ends, you’ll both find that you’re much happier and able to move on.
You're Happier Alone
Introverts may often feel happiness when they’re alone, but even introverts enjoy spending time with their significant others. If you find that the minute you’re alone you feel euphoria or relief, it’s probably a sign that you’re not enjoying your partner’s attention and presence as much as you used to.