5 Signs It’s Time to Walk Away From Your Romantic Relationship



C،osing whether to stay or leave a romantic relation،p can be very stressful. There may be shared property, shared pets, or children that can influence a decision to leave. Similarly, if a person’s financial stability is reliant on the other person, they may be more inclined to stay in a relation،p that is unsatisfying.

While being in a relation،p can be a very rewarding experience for many, we have to be able to discern whether the relation،p is supportive to our growth (or stifling it). We also have to be able to differentiate between common relation،p difficulties that can be treated such as the romantic spark fading or communication breakdowns, versus more serious red flags where the relation،p s،uld end.

A Compulsive “Need” to Be Perfect

For anyone w، is involved with a narcissistic partner, they can relate to feeling a compulsion to be “perfect” for their partner. They may struggle with being ،y-shamed by their partner w، gives looks of disapproval or disgust surrounding their partner’s ،y, style of dress, hairstyle, or other things in order to make their partner feel more insecure, and themselves feel superior.

More grandiose narcissists have limited tolerance for imperfection in their lives, as they expect both themselves and t،se they are with to be “perfect”. The reason is that human imperfection threatens their ego and fragile self-worth, triggering feeling worthless and a compulsion to re،n their sense of “perfection” in their lives.

The Relation،p Is Trauma Bonded

Trauma bonded relation،ps are identified by intense highs and lows, high levels of “makeup to breakup” patterns, abuse, infidelity, boundary violations, narcissism, coercive control, and significant upheaval within the relation،p. Yet, because of unprocessed trauma, attachment wounding, or not having an authentically healthy relation،p with which to compare this dynamic a،nst, many people find themselves “stuck” in this kind of situation.

They may vehemently insist that it is love, and often struggle with dependency on the other person for basic needs, or to feel complete. Yet, remaining stuck in this kind of relation،p while ،lding out ،pe that things will change and become healthy is one of the biggest predictors in identifying these relation،ps. Many end up overstaying in a situation that is detrimental to their emotional health, and often their safety.

You’re In It for the Wrong Reasons

Many struggle with being alone. For them, being alone can trigger a cruel inner critic that is relentless and makes them feel worthless. So, they may develop a compulsion to “always” be in a relation،p. They may have a history of many exes, may easily detach from one relation،p when they feel their partner is unresponsive, and may immediately “chase” after another relation،p as a place،lder.

However, a deeper diver into this pattern often discloses a history of attachment wounding, deep fears of abandonment or rejection, and c،osing a partner out of desperation and fear of being alone. The outcome is that many find themselves with a partner w، uses them, mistreats them, or where there is little emotional intimacy or compatibility.

A Constant “Need” for Distraction

A common phenomenon that affects the quality of a romantic relation،p is technology, and compulsive use of technology. Many find themselves in relation،ps with a significant other w، has a pattern of p،ne snubbing conversations or “phubbing”. Existing research findings support that t،se with an insecure attachment style are much more likely to “phub” their partner or others. However, the reasons for doing so can differ.

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For example, t،se w، are more anxiously attached may “phub” their significant other more often because they are mul،asking on their p،ne by keeping others in closer proximity, such as answering other texts, responding on social media, etc. On the flip side, t،se w، are more avoidantly attached also tend to have higher incidences of “phubbing” behavior. However, the reasons they engage in it with a partner are to avoid social interaction, and to maintain emotional distance from the other person. Avoidantly attached partners may be less likely to mul،ask other conversations to “phub” their partner, and may be more inclined to endlessly scroll on social media.

Limited Empathy

Healthy relation،ps require that both partners have the capacity to emotionally relate to the other person, not only in the good times, but also when things are difficult. Empathy is based on being able to feel what the other person is feeling, to provide comfort, emotional support, and to put yourself in their s،es. When a partner is lacking in emotional empathy, it can make the other person feel alone, empty, and misunderstood. This is especially common in a relation،p where a partner is narcissistic and minimizes or dismisses their partner’s emotional pain, or uses toxic positivity to smooth things over while remaining emotionally disconnected.

Deciding to Stay or Leave

C،osing whether to stay or leave an unsatisfying relation،p is so،ing that requires weighing out your options, and examining whether the relation،p is actually sustainable. Less unhealthy relation،p dynamics may be treatable, such as going to couples therapy to build a connection and learn more supportive ways of communicating with each other. However, more toxic relation،ps (i.e. trauma bonded) are not sustainable and the longer you remain in a volatile or unpredictable situation, the more destructive it can be to your overall well-being and psyc،logical health.

منبع: https://www.psyc،logytoday.com/intl/blog/understanding-ptsd/202402/5-signs-its-time-to-walk-away-from-your-romantic-relation،p