4 signs that your relationship is not working well


The couple is a complex entity in which various behaviours and dynamics develop. Some favour a strengthening of the relationship, and others do not so positively. They cause the connection to weaken.

No relationship can generate behaviors in both directions: positive dynamics such as active listening, empathy towards the other, collaboration, and mutual support, and negative dynamics such as withdrawal of attention, criticism, communication blocking, etc.

Although the ideal would be to eliminate each of the negative behaviours, we can say that a relationship with good health maintains a high rate of positive dynamics and a low rate of negative ones.

Despite this, a series of dynamics predict success or failure regardless of whether positive behaviours exist. 

Negative Couple Dynamics


No one is perfect, and therefore no one is free to be criticized for a specific behaviour or action. Now, criticism is not the same as a complaint, and the difference is that in constructive criticism, we refer to the behaviour and not to the person, while there is a personal attack in a complaint.

For example, it is not the same to say to the couple, “When you are late, and you don’t tell me, I feel bad because I worry, ” as to say, “You are a selfish person who goes about his business without thinking about others.” In the first case, I refer to my partner’s behaviour with which I can’t entirely agree, and I let him know, while in the second case, I attack my partner as a person. This will generate a feeling of being attacked and rejected, promoting a dynamic of criticism between the two.


It is one of the most destructive behaviours in a relationship. Teasing, sarcasm, humiliation, ridicule, and underestimation of the other are examples of contempt. When we exhibit these behaviours, we generate a feeling of frustration, offence, and lack of respect that repeatedly facilitates the establishment of these hostile behaviours.


This attitude implies not accepting the other’s position and responding by counterattacking. For example, one couple member says to the other: “Why don’t you ever wash the dishes? “The other response is,” I don’t do it because you never help me “. This means transferring the responsibility we have in the conflict to the other. We transmit the message that the problem is not ours but only yours.

The defensive person does not recognize their share of responsibility for the problem and will not assume that they can solve it. They try to blame others and victimize themselves. This attitude generates frustration, anger, and rejection in the other person.


This attitude implies disconnection. During the conflict, the evasive attitude manifests itself with evasiveness, indifference, lack of listening, and doing another task while the other is speaking. This means building a wall in communication and, therefore, a gap between the members of the couple. Where contact will eventually die out and, consequently, the possibility of solving problems.

Notice any of these four behaviours are present in your relationship. Try to identify it now and replace it with another, more constructive and functional one. If it becomes a habitual way of relating to your partner, the relationship’s failure is yet to come.