Characteristics of Dysfunctional Couples 1-4

What does it mean to be a dysfunctional couple? You might be wondering if you're in one! This week we are writing about the characteristics of dysfunctional couples as provided by Recovering Couples Anonymous to help you understand red flags in relationships. These 18 traits will help you evaluate where your relationship needs improvement and if it would benefit you to reach out to a professional for help. You might be a Dysfunctional Couple if:

  1. Being together and unhappy is safer than being alone.
  2. It is safer to be with other people than it is to be alone and intimate with my partner.
  3. If I really let my partner know what I've done or what I'm feeling and thinking (who I am), he/she will leave.
  4. It is easier to avoid, hide or medicate our feelings (through addictive/compulsive behavior) than it is to express them.

Do you and your partner relate to any of these traits? If so, it's time to talk through things and get on the right track to a healthy relationship! Keep reading all week for more characteristics!

Written by Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW

Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW is a licensed therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Teri enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling. Teri also does family counseling, child counseling, and adolescent counseling.  Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Zionsville, and Westfield.