“The truest form of love is how you behave toward someone, not how you feel about them.” ? Steve Hall
Successful relationships are like buildings: you can build them up as much as you like, but the foundations need to be strong so that the construction can withstand it. Fulfilling relationships have two main pillars as their foundations: love and respect. Sometimes they relate to each other, but most of the time you have to regard them separately and you have to work on both of them to make sure your relationship won’t come tumbling down.
Oddly enough, respect can be much more difficult to identify than love. Your partner may be showing you a lot of signs of love, but that may be just a way to blind you in the ways they disrespect you. You excuse it, because you think they love you more than anything, but in the long-term that’s a recipe for disaster. That’s because relationships only built on love are very egotistical and self-serving.
A person who only shows love but no respect is only interested in reaping the benefits of a relationship but not actually working towards making their partner happy as well. A truly caring partner will respect and recognize you as a human being that’s not dependent on them. If you’re having doubts or second thoughts, here are seven signs that your partner respects you.
HERE ARE 7 SIGNS YOUR PARTNER RESPECTS YOU
1. THEY AREN’T OVERBEARING
If your partner isn’t trying to control who you go out with, or try to insert themselves in every social interaction you have, that’s a good sign that they respect and trust you. They are confident in your relationship and believe in you not to overstep any boundaries that you’ve already set. That shows that they respect your independence and stature as a self-sufficient human being. If they want to hang out with your friends – great – but if they try and start controlling who you see, or when you see them, that’s possibly a red flag.