2. THEY KNOW THAT NO MEANS NO
A good, respecting partner will know what you don’t like and will do everything possible to avoid it. That means if you’re not comfortable with being tickled, they won’t tickle you, or if you don’t want to try a certain thing in bed, they’ll respect that and stick to what makes both of you happy. When your partner doesn’t put any pressure on you to do anything you’re not 100% keen on, then that’s a chance that they respect you and your choices regarding your body.
3. THEY’RE HONEST WITH YOU
A good partner will never try to spare you from bad news because they know it’ll make you sad or upset. They’ll be frank with you if something’s wrong and that shows they respect your intelligence and ability to make decisions. It also shows that they’re confident enough in your relationship to be fully and completely honest with you. It’s never nice being lied to and if someone respects you, they’d never do that.
As psychotherapist Dr. Barton Goldsmith mentions, “What honesty gives you is a great deal of comfort. Knowing you can implicitly trust your mate allows you to be your best self, and your relationship will continue to thrive because you are able to give each other the positive energy you need to navigate life’s ups and downs.”