At the beginning of your relationship, you have likely overlooked the failures of your partner and vice versa . Now, months or years later, it is becoming increasingly difficult to do so. Perhaps the arguments become more frequent or more intense, or your partner closes every time there is a conflict … Although a certain amount of this is normal in any relationship. Long-term relationships have their ups and downs … But if there are more lows than ups in your relationship, you may be wondering if you are headed for a breakup.

If you want to know if your relationship is in trouble, read on to find out what is really going on.

You criticize your partner

Do you often criticize the way your partner dresses, drives, eats, talks, or even breathes? This is a strong sign that your relationship is on a downward spiral … it is the communication styles that indicate that a relationship is likely to fail. The reviews are much more harmful than simply express a complaint because when you criticize your partner, you’re attacking him.  Being critical once is not going to end your relationship, but if you are critical over and over again, it will probably end the relationship.

You interpret the behavior of the other

When your partner comes home late and forgets to call, do you automatically think they don’t love you? This is a sign that there is a disconnect in the relationship, which could ultimately spell failure.  The problem is that you don’t know the truth; you are interpreting the behavior and you are going to respond to that in an unconstructive way. When your partner comes home, you are likely cold because you think that person has wronged you, when in reality he or she was simply stuck in traffic. When you take your partner’s behavior for granted , it can be the beginning of the end.

Start a conversation with a negative statement

Often making blanket statements like “I don’t like that you’re always late” is a sure sign that your relationship is in danger. This type of criticism is a negative approach to a conversation that is sure to lead to an argument. When you start a tense conversation, if it begins with a negative statement, it will almost always end in a negative.

The results of many conflicts that couples have can be predicted in the first 30 seconds of the conversation . The way people start a tense conversation can also predict the likelihood that their relationship will last. If you watch how they fight, if they start negatively, it is a sign that the relationship will end soon.

There is contempt

Contempt is another sure sign that your relationship is in trouble. When partners are dismissive, treat each other disrespectfully, ridicule each other, talk sarcastically, and roll their eyes during conflict … things are not going well. If this is happening in your relationship, it is a big red flag. 

Resentment is often the root of dismissive behavior . This is sometimes due to past harm, such as infidelity, although it may not have an identifiable cause. When this happens it is just exasperation with the other person. That’s a sign that the relationship won’t last long …

You stop doing things because of your partner’s jealousy

Early in the relationship, you may have felt free to go for a morning run, hang out with the guys, or take your favorite Tuesday night yoga class whenever you wanted, but lately you’ve stopped doing those things to avoid complaints from your partner or jealousy. This happens because of underlying power or control issues in the relationship that, if left unchecked, can eliminate a bond between two people.

In a healthy relationship, both people are involved in their lives and are flourishing together.  If you are starting to shrink your life , you are finally not flourishing and the relationship will not flower. 

Elle Mcdonald

I am Elle Mcdonald Specializations in Psychology . Graduated in psychology from the University of Tennessee in 2000. Diploma of Advanced Studies in the Department of Personality, Evaluation and psychological treatments with excellent results.

First Level of Master in Clinical Psychology at the Center for Behavioral Therapists (recognized with a scientific-professional nature by the College of Psychologists)

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