There are some relationship behaviors that are unacceptable. You don't have to accept them. But knowing what they are can help you evaluate if your relationship is going anywhere, or if it's time to end it.
Relationships are complicated and everyone’s is different. However, there are some universal relationship behaviors that are unacceptable.
A key stereotype about domestic violence is that men are always the ones who are violent towards women, but that’s not the case. Men can be victims too. Regardless, any type of physical violence in a relationship is horrendous and shouldn’t be tolerated. In fact, violence is one of the relationship behaviors that are unacceptable.
When your partner tries to control you, whether that be by stopping you seeing friends or family, or dictating what you should wear all the time, it’s a toxic habit and shouldn’t play any part in a relationship.
If your partner gets inside your head, puts you down and makes you feel worthless, it’s a sign that you should walk away because no one deserves to be treated like that, especially by someone who’s supposed to love them.
White lies are a part of any relationship. You may be planning a surprise party for your partner and lie to him about that to keep it a surprise, but when lies start to escalate and become serious, that’s not acceptable. Trust is key.
Cheating on your partner is one of the worst things you can do. When you enter into a relationship, you agree to commit to that person. If you become unhappy or dissatisfied with the relationship, then end it, don’t cheat.
Some of these things, such as violence or abuse, aren’t straightforward and many people either can’t recognise the signs or are scared to do anything about it. But remember, if this applies to you, you’re not alone and help is available if you seek it out.
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