3. Expect retaliation
It is not easy for anyone to accept criticism directly, especially when it comes from the person they love. Understand that your partner may feel offended, upset, dismissive and angry when you talk to them. So it’s crucial that you are mentally prepared to deal with their reaction and that you remain calm.
4. Give it time
If your partner listens, understands and agrees with you, then give them the time and space to work on themselves and make things better. If you love your partner and think your relationship can have a better future, then you need to be patient. Understand that things can get messy and there will be slip-ups. You can’t expect someone to change their behavior in a matter of days.
Support your partner during this transition period and help them through the process. However if things still don’t work out, it is better to end the relationship for your own mental and emotional well being.
Never accept toxic possessiveness
“You must love in such a way that the person you love feels free.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
Being smothered and suffocated in your relationship can be extremely frustrating and stressful. If you feel your partner is controlling and manipulating you in the name of love, then you need to take a stand and start being assertive.
Being in a relationship should not feel like a life sentence. It should feel empowering and liberating. Follow the tips shared above and try to guide your partner towards building a healthier and happier relationship.
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