Relationships don’t always last – that’s a universal truth.
There are many reasons why relationships fail. The key is not to see it as failure, but rather learning a valuable lesson about who you are and what you’re prepared to compromise on and what you simply aren’t.
If you want to keep your relationship strong focus on key areas. And it helps to look at the most common factors for failed relationships.
7 Reasons Why Relationships Fail
1. Communication Stops
Communication is the key to every relationship, whether it’s with your family, your friends, your work colleagues or your partner.
Failing to communicate effectively can lead to a lot of problems in the relationship, so always be open and honest when it comes to talking to each other.
Communication doesn’t just have to be verbal. You can communicate through body language, touch, eye contact and written notes as well.
Never stop communicating with mutual love and respect.
2. Trust Erodes
Trust is the foundation upon which all relationships rest. Trust needs to be constantly earned and never taken for granted.
Work on trust by always being open with your partner and making sure they know they can be honest with you as well.
3. Caring Ends
Show you care for someone, whether it’s by telling them in person, writing them a love note for their lunch box, giving them a small, thoughtful gift, or sending an affectionate text.
There are hundreds of ways you can show you care; the key is to actually do it!
4. Identity Disappears
Just because you’re in a relationship, it doesn’t mean you should forget who you are.
While you shouldn’t be totally selfish, it’s important to have your own time to pursue your own interests, from simple things like having quiet time to read a book to your passions for sport or hobbies.
Don’t become so lost in a relationship that you lose who you are as a person.
5. Expectations Aren’t Met
Knowing what your partner’s expectations are within your relationships can help keep your relationship strong.
Similarly, they need to know what your expectations are and you should ideally be on the same page about these things. Discuss your expectations together so that no one is in the dark about how the relationship is to work.
Unmet expectations can lead to disappointment, distance, and sometimes even divorce.
6. Priorities Change
It’s natural to have priorities that evolve over time – after all we’re only human.
But keeping your partner up to date and on the same wavelength as you are crucial if you want to avoid a relationship failure.
This is easily done through clear and regular communication. You could even have set date nights to chat about your relationship and check in with each other about your priorities and expectations to make sure you stay connected as a couple.
7. Compatibility Issues
Some people say opposites attract, but sometimes being too opposite can be a recipe for relationship disaster.
If you’re very different people, you need to be able to communicate very well to make your relationship work.
Recognise and acknowledge compatibility issues and work constantly to make sure they don’t get in the way of having a successful relationship.
What If The Relationship Is Over?
If your relationship is over and you’re struggling to come to a mutual agreement with your ex regarding your separation or divorce, speak to us about family mediation.
Move On Mediation helps you do just that – move on quickly and with the least stress possible.
Our accredited family mediator in Perth, Ian Shann, can chat to you confidentially and try to mediate a positive outcome for you and your ex.
Get in touch with us today.