Sometimes, the image of who we want them to be is more appealing than the reality of who they actually are. There are a few signs that you should pay attention to, and if you recognize any of these things below in your life, it is time to move on.
Their guards are still up
Emotional intimacy is something that should increase as your relationship grows. If one of you is afraid of opening up, there’s no space for honesty in the relationship.
They don’t address past mistakes
Perhaps your partner has cheated and things are left unresolved. They never addressed why they cheated in the first place and things are as cloudy as a heap of dust, which brings me to my next point.
Problems aren’t resolved. Instead they’re swept under the rug until the tension disappears. There’s only so much you can do before your feelings boil up to the surface, and you’ll only be harboring ill feelings along the way.
You’re curious about life without them
Maybe you wonder what life would’ve been like if you gave someone different a chance. Perhaps you catch yourself daydreaming about what you would be doing at the moment had your partner not been in your life.
It’s been months and things just aren’t moving. Your relationship has withered. According to Dr. Gunther, “Relationships have two major dimensions, growing and scarring. If a relationship constantly scars and doesn’t grow, the emotional scarring will eventually pervade the relationship and destroy it.”
Contempt and other toxic companions
In this case, your relationship is filled with toxic behaviors – even the little ones such as eye rolls and mocking. Other toxic attitudes include criticism, defensiveness and stonewalling what the other person has to say.
Your gut is calling
No matter how much you sit there and try to shrug things off, something just feels off. Listen to your inner voice … she might know a thing or two.
Misread and mistreated
As a relationship progresses, some people forget that they still need to put in the effort to make things last. They end up jumping to conclusions or pointing fingers, forgetting how important the other person is. These situations can often lead partners to pour salt on each other’s wounds rather than trying to heal them together.