When we first start a relationship, we are in love, and there is lots of positive energy that is pretty noticeable for all the people around.
However, as time passes, people tend to start to show their true colors more, so you will probably start seeing red flags.
If you started noticing all kinds of things that don’t make you feel good, we are here to help.
Here are signs of disrespectful behavior that you should never ignore in a relationship!
1. Your partner ignores your boundaries
A partner who is disrespectful may not care about your boundaries and limits. For example, if your girlfriend or boyfriend knows that you feel uncomfortable with public displays of affection but still tries to kiss you when other people are around, they are overstepping your boundaries.
2. Your partner snoops
Even if you’re in a long-term relationship or married, you are entitled to privacy. Your partner does not have a right to look at things you’d rather keep to yourself, such as your text messages, your emails, or the amount of money in your bank account.
3. Your partner flirts with other people
Flirting with other men or women outside of your relationship is usually a sign of disrespect. For most people, knowing that their partner is flirting with someone else is embarrassing and awkward.
4. They don’t respect your opinions
In a good relationship, both partners realize that everyone is allowed to have their own opinions and that it’s OK to disagree. If your partner often dismisses your opinions as stupid or ignorant, they probably don’t see you as their equal.
5. They criticize or insult you
Put-downs, backhanded compliments, and hurtful criticism have no place in a respectful relationship. Your partner doesn’t have to agree with all of your life choices or opinions, but if they care for you, they will try to avoid making harsh comments.
6. They take you for granted
Respectful partners appreciate the help you give them. They don’t assume that you’ll always be around to make their life easier. For example, if you often make dinner for your husband or wife, they should say, “Thank you,” even if you’ve been married for many years.
6. They compare you to other people
In a healthy relationship, both partners appreciate each other’s unique traits. They don’t compare their partner to other people because they know that comparisons can trigger insecurities.
7. They make big decisions without consulting you
A respectful partner will realize that big decisions in a relationship, such as where to live, should be made jointly. When a partner makes a big decision without you, they are saying, “I don’t value your opinion, so I’m going to take charge and do whatever I want.”
8. They are unfaithful
In an exclusive, monogamous relationship, cheating is extremely disrespectful behavior. If your partner is unfaithful to you, they are undermining the commitment you have made to each other.
9. They are too close to their ex-partner
Some people remain on good terms with their ex-partners. You don’t necessarily need to worry if your partner’s ex is still in their life.
But if your partner talks to their ex all the time or hangs out with them regularly, they are both failing to respect your current relationship. You may feel as though your partner’s ex gets too much of their time or attention.