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Five Biggest Relationship Killers

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A Big Relationship Killer

Five biggest relationship killers

These five Killers can devastate any relationship. How you handle them can make a significant difference. 

1. Communication

Not talking to one another is a big relationship killer, but not because we don't want to, we just don't know how. And when we try, we fail miserably. We so often say the wrong or inappropriate things at times, because we are not given the cliffs notes for rules of engagement, and then one thing builds on another and suddenly there is a giant wall of miscommunication, which leads to no communication, because it's just easier that way.

To make things more complicated, there are various styles of communication.

  • Verbal
  • Non-verbal
  • Tone
  • Inflection
  • Silent communication.

All of these play a role in not what is said, but how it is said, which can have different meanings, as well as what is not said. 

How do you know what your partner is saying? Ask. Just ask.  "What do you mean by that? Why would you say that? How does that help? What should we do about that" 

These types of questions offer questions of clarity without judgement and condemnation. It also suggests that you are a good listener, and attentive to try and understand your partner's perspective. It also suggests you are willing to work together to find a solution. 

Communication is a key that can unlock the soul of your partner. When you can master the art of communication with your partner as an active participant and active listener, it can make all the difference. 

2. Self Confidence 

This is a big relationship killer, twofold. Too much self-confidence can be perceived as pushy, a bully, egotistical, etc. This can lead to false sense of security, pride, and an attitude of no-one can do it better. 

Too little self confidence can be perceived as a pushover, no backbone, an inability to stand up and push back when necessary, and can lead to lack of trust, depression, abandonment, abuse. 

Learning that we as individuals are enough is the toughest lesson any of us can learn, but the most rewarding. We have been given everything we need to be our best. The problem is others tell us what we think our best is, and because we don’t have any confidence in ourselves, we go along with someone else’s plan until it doesn’t work out. 

It is difficult to be in a relationship when you don’t know who you are. And when your confidence is such that you need to be with another person, that needy behavior can devastate a relationship. I tell my clients that a relationship is one that both parties want to be a part of, without any expectations from the other. You shouldn’t need or have to have a partner. You should want a partner because that particular individual is your soulmate. 

3. Not Letting Go

  • Have you ever moved to a new house?
  • Went on an extended vacation or trip out of town?

There’s a lot of stuff you have to pack, carry with you, put in the car/truck/van/plane, and bring back, unless you’re moving. That’s a lot of baggage. We do that with our past. We hold on to our past like our luggage at the airport, so it won’t get lost or stolen. I don’t know about you, but if I am carrying around 50+ years of past baggage with me everywhere I go, how in the world would I be able to move forward on anything? 

The more you let go of inconsequential, insignificant stuff that may have been important in 1992, the more room you can make for brighter future events. 

Learning to let go means practicing forgiveness. Forgiveness does not let the person you are forgiving off the hook. It merely cleanses your mind of the infraction, rather than shoving that emotion into an overstuffed duffel bag that you have to sit on to close, only to pop open and spring out at the most inappropriate time.

Practicing forgiveness takes exactly that. Practice. Forgiving means wiping away everything that happened as if it never did. That also means forgetting it happened. We are imperfect people. Forgiveness goes a long way toward building a relationship.


4.  Selfishness 

Some people get married for reasons other than love. Some get married for money. Some simply for health benefits. Some for fame. Some because it could land a position in Daddy’s firm. Some become the Knight In Shining Armor to save the damsel in distress. Others for a project to fix. 

Each of those boils down to the same result; what am I going to get out of this marriage. As soon as the words “I do” pass your lips, that should be the last time the word “i” is used in a marriage. There is no more “I”. There is your partner. Your needs, however big or small they may be are now secondary. You sacrifice yourself for your partner, as your partner sacrifices him or herself for you.

Your partner is not your project, meal ticket, sugar daddy/sugar momma, next promotion, or therapist. That leads to manipulative, deceitful, and devastating outcomes. 

Selfishness can pop up small and innocent, like wanting to watch a particular movie regardless whether your partner wants to. Eating at a particular restaurant on a date regardless whether your partner wants to. Always doing what your partner wants, or always giving in to your partner, is a way of giving in to that selfishness that can lead to resentment and discourse.  

5. Money

It is often misquoted that money is the root of all evil. That is not exactly true. The love of money is the root of all evil. If you or your partner loves money more than anything, that is a big relationship killer, because nothing can compete with love. And the love of money means there is never enough. 

The love of money can ruin relationships, families, businesses, and countries, when it is misplaced as the priority. The lack of money can create the same stress and anxiety as having an abundance of money. 

Learning to live with and use money as an effective tool to build the life you want for yourself is a good way to keep the Money Monster at bay. Setting financial goals the both of you agree to and implementing a plan helps build a strong and solid future that will last for generations. 

All of these killers don’t have to be. And if any of these killers sound familiar, don’t be discouraged! The first step is knowing where you are, and then from there learning to take a new step in a different direction for different results. If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you always got.  By honestly assessing and recognizing who you are as an individual can help determine where you are and what next steps look like.


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  • Mike34
    June 13, 2023

    In most relationships, the number one relationship killer is a lack of trust. Trust does not develop overnight. When you begin dating someone, you gradually gain trust as you discover more about them.

  • Miranda Joyee
    June 28, 2023

    We've discovered that, no matter uno online how you slice it, the majority of them fail due to inadequate communication.


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