I’m a couples therapist – the two key signs it’s time to end your relationship

ENDING a relationship is never an easy task, but when you’re not happy, sometimes it just has to be done.

Writing in Metro couples therapist Susanna Abse has revealed some warning signs that your relationship is faltering. However, this does not mean that it will certainly fail.

Effective communication can be the key to solving relationship problems


Effective communication can be the key to solving relationship problemsPhoto credit: Getty

Feelings of insecurity and unhappiness

Many people experience feelings of insecurity and unhappiness at some point in their relationship. These feelings certainly don’t mean your relationship is doomed.

In the wake of these feelings, however, misunderstandings can develop. Susanna says that discussing these issues with your partner can be difficult: “Sharing such a great deal of insecurity with a loved one is a very risky strategy as the threat of abandonment brings the emotional temperature between a couple to the boiling point. “

However, discussing issues you have in your relationship can help you figure out if they can be fixed or maybe you’re just not compatible about certain things.

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thoughts to go

Daydreams about getting up and leaving your partner can be a red flag, but Susanna says many people have these thoughts at times, adding, “It can be difficult to admit to yourself that thoughts of leaving are in your head – the romantic ideal has us believing that being in love excludes such things.”

Similar to feelings of insecurity and happiness, this does not necessarily mean the end of your relationship.

It may depend on how often you have these thoughts. If you’re unhappy and thinking about breaking up with your partner every day, it may be a sign that it’s time to act on those fantasies.

If you decide to end your relationship, Susanna warns against starting a new one right away. She says this can be a fairly common occurrence as it can mask any sense of loss the individual may be feeling.

She adds: “Leaving your partner for someone else can be a leap of faith and it never makes a breakup easy. If you leave, your partner will definitely be upset, but going straight into someone else’s bed can be an additional wound.” I’m a couples therapist – the two key signs it’s time to end your relationship

Jessica MacLeish

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