Keith Sanford's 2015 research found that withdrawal during arguments is problematic for relationships, leading to lower satisfaction and apathy.
Clear communication and alignment on core values, lifestyle choices, and future plans are essential to prevent relationship-ending dealbreakers.
Unsupportive partners expect perfection and blame their significant other for their mistakes instead of supporting and understanding them.
Ignoring relationship issues out of fear of being alone is a common mistake. This strategy backfires, as all conflicts eventually surface and become unsolvable.
In relationships, assuming your partner can read your mind is a common mistake. Over time, lazy or apprehensive communication can lead to silence and division.
Sarcastic remarks might sometimes be passive-aggressive. A few innocuous jokes are fine, but sharp quips could indicate trouble.
"Comparison is the thief of joy," say Behrendt and Ruotola. "Don't envy others' relationships. The grass is greener where you water it and no relationship is perfect on Instagram."
Compromising goes beyond choosing a restaurant. Conflicts need relationship sacrifice. A failing relationship may blame and victimize one partner.
Pretending to fix a marriage dispute worsens it. "Holding resentment is the quickest way to destroy love," explains psychologist Tina Tessina, PhD.
Have you cried in wrath while your partner didn't? This may indicate relationship trouble. Meta-emotions—a couple's feelings about emotions—must match.