Relationship Reality Check: 12 Early Signs Your Partnership May Not Stand the Test of Time!

2bebetter
6 min readJul 6, 2023

12 Early Signs A Relationship Won’t Last

Few things compare to the intensity and passion felt when falling in love anew. These emotionally-tinted glasses can be thick enough to let you overlook just about anything questionable about this shiny new interest. However, as the relationship starts to get more serious, emotions stabilize, and those overlooked things sharpen a bit in clarity.

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The Importance of Early Signs

Not all relationships are meant to last forever. It’s essential to pay attention to early signs that can indicate whether a relationship has a strong foundation or is destined to fail. While conflict and disagreement are normal in a relationship, the frequency and degree of problems can determine if the issues are manageable or if they signify an imminent end.

1. Your Relationship is Solely About the Romantic Pull

Romantic attraction to your partner is important in any relationship, but it should not be the sole focus. A healthy and strong relationship also consists of having something in common with your partner other than romance. Without any shared interests, goals, or experiences, the foundation of the relationship becomes weak and fragile.

2. You Don’t Like Their Friends

The company we keep says a lot about who we are as individuals. While it’s healthy to have your own friends, it becomes problematic if there is an active dislike for each other’s social circles. Disliking your partner’s friends may indicate a deeper issue and could be a sign that the two of you are not well-matched.

3. You Spend Too Much Time Together

While spending quality time together is important, it’s equally crucial to maintain a sense of individuality. If your partner is the only person you see, and you exclude everyone else from your life, it can eventually erode your own sense of self. Overdependence on your partner for identity and happiness is not healthy or sustainable in the long run.

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