All healthy and lasting relationships must be built on a firm foundation of respect. In the beginning of a new relationship, it takes time to see if your partner truly respects you. Often times it is difficult to see the signs. Respect is many things, it is love, caring, understanding, honesty, listening, not being mentally or physically abusive, and respect is non-judgment and showing compassion. 5 Common Signs Your Partner Doesn’t Respect You – see the signs below.
1. They tell you what is wrong with you.
You are entitled to how you feel; you wouldn’t be you without your emotions and feelings. When your partner tells you are wrong for how you are feeling, this is a sure sign they don’t respect your feelings and could care a less about your emotional well being. Nobody is perfect, but you’re your partner to continually belittle you of your own emotions, is wrong!
2. Refuses to listen to you.
Respect is shown in many ways, however listening to you and accepting what you are saying is so important in any relationship. We all know that communication is essential to any relationship, but if our partner overpowers you and discredits your own words, how can you have a successful and healthy relationship if they refuse to listen and ignore your words? You matter too! It isn’t just about them! Don’t allow your partner to think they are better than you. Relationships fail quickly without effectively communicating together.
3. Their way.
Relationships are give and take, but they should be equal on both sides. Your partner should never just take the upper hand and do things their way with speaking to you and working together as a team. This type of behavior is called control; they always want to take the upper hand. Your partner should value your opinions, and seek your advice – always and every time!
When it comes to your friends and your family, your partner should always treat them with the utmost respect. Regardless if they do not care for them. The way that your partner treats those closest to your heart is a reflection upon you; they should never ever treat them with disrespect. Consider your future with this person, if they discredit your friends and family now, what would it be like for you if you married this person? Having a good relationship with close friends and family is so important to you; don’t let your partner break those bonds.
5. Continually unkind.
Your partner is someone you should be able to turn to in times of despair and times of joy. If they aren’t there for you to uplift you and stand beside you through tough times, and if they could care a less about your accomplishments, and celebrate with you – honestly take a step back and look at the big picture! A partner, who verbally attacks you and insults you, is a sign of emotional abuse, and nobody deserves this. Emotional abuse leads to physical abuse and does nothing for you except break you down as a person, makes you question your own sanity, lowers your self-esteem and leads to deep depression. If your partner truly loved you, they would never treat you with such regard. Stand up for yourself and let it be known that you will not accept this type of behavior. Your best bet is to exit the relationship, as most likely, things will not get better.