I've often been told & read that God built us to be in relationships. Whether those relationships are familial, friendships, or romantic relationships. Sometimes those relationships can be dysfunctional, tearing down our own self-esteem and self-worth. We've taken the characteristics of dysfunctional relationships from Recovering Couples Anonymous to help others see if their relationship may need some help. You might be a Dysfunctional Couple if:
5. Being enmeshed and totally dependent with each other is perceived as being in love.
6. We find it difficult to ask for what we need, both individually and as a couple.
7. Being insecure is equal to being intimate.
8. We either avoid our problems or feel we are individually responsible for solving the problems we have as a couple.
9. We believe that we must agree on everything.
If you see yourself in any of these, then I encourage you to have a conversation with your significant other to start making some healthy changes. If professional help is needed, we're always here to inspire hope! Thanks for reading, stay tuned for 9 more characteristics.
Written by: Tamara Wilhelm MA, LMHC
*Tamara enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, & couples counseling at Imagine Hope. We also specialize in family counseling, child & adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Noblesville, Zionsville, Westfield & Fishers.