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Five Typical Relationship Myths You Should Avoid

by Carolyn Lee May 1, 2023

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Five Typical Relationship Myths You Should Avoid

Relationships go through different stages, and challenges might arise as couples get to know each other. Some couples ask for advice that could help resolve the issue. However, sometimes the advice is regurgitated myths that could cause more damage. We have five relationship myths you should know and why you should avoid them.

If you are in a happy relationship, you shouldn’t have don’t disagreements.

Having disagreements with your partner does not indicate unhappiness with your entire relationship. Disagreements are a natural part of every relationship and can be healthy when the argument focuses on the problem. Whenever there is an argument, maintaining diplomacy, respect and valuing each other’s input is crucial. A disagreement can allow you to understand how your partner feels and to look for solutions. However, you should seek professional guidance if disagreements lead to verbal and physical abuse.

Having a child will reduce problems in your relationship.

Couples desire to have a family together for different reasons. However, bringing a child into a contentious relationship could create significant problems. Children pay attention to how their parents interact with each other. Over time, a toxic relationship can cause children to develop negative patterning, withdrawal, depression, and isolation. Ensure you discuss family planning and work on resolving severe problems in your relationship before beginning your family.

If you need couples therapy, your relationship won’t last.  

There are misconceptions about therapy despite how beneficial it can be. Some misconceptions result from distrust, different agendas, unrealistic expectations, or other personal problems. Seeing a therapist allows couples to identify the source of their issues and look for ways to enhance their relationship. It can create a safe place for both parties to share their concerns with an objective professional who can provide guidance. Therapists use strategies encouraging couples to focus on reconnecting, clear communication, and cooperation.

Being possessive is a sign of love.

Some romantic relationships can be intense, especially when one partner becomes overly possessive. The signs of an unduly possessive partner are typically present early in a relationship but are sometimes misinterpreted as love. Jealousy, insecurity, and controlling actions can lead to psychological, verbal, or physical abuse. Abusive relationships are toxic and lack love. Ensure that you are not confusing feeling loved with being controlled.

All men cheat, and women are promiscuous.

Women and men can be unfaithful in relationships. However, there is a false but consistent narrative that all men are cheaters. Another misconception is that women are promiscuous. Both descriptions are generalisations you should avoid bringing into your relationship. Avoid letting the distrust and other emotional baggage from a previous relationship that ended because of infidelity into your new situation. If your partner makes you feel insecure, address it openly and honestly.  

We hope these tips allow you to focus on what makes your relationship work. Our everyday living tips are designed to lead you to products and services that might help. Please use our Find Yello listings for therapists, counsellors, or related businesses. Also, if you enjoyed this article and want to read more like it, click the Articles tab on our website.

Sources: Psych Central, Psychology Today, The Gottman Institute, and Everyday Health.