5 Things That Happen When Love Is Unequal
Relationships are inherently unequal because no two people are the same. However, the degree of the inequality determines both the quality and the longevity of the relationship. Inequality is different than strengths and weaknesses; inequality denotes superiority and inferiority whereas many relationships thrive when strengths and weaknesses balance out.
Relationship inequality occurs when there is an emotional inequality, in other words, one partner is more emotionally invested in the relationship than the other. Several things happen when there is inequality in a relationship. Five of these are:
1. Lack of Fulfillment
This is true for both sides. The one who perceives himself or herself to be superior will feel unfulfilled because of the perception that he or she is more intelligent, more outgoing, more capable, and so forth, and, therefore, should not be paired with an inferior being.
The partner who is perceived to be inferior will remain unfulfilled because he or she is denigrated and maligned and probably suffers from a lack of self-esteem. More than likely, the partner who perceives himself or herself to be superior also suffers from a lack of self-esteem, which is responsible for the air of superiority. In this type of unhealthy relationship, neither partner can be fulfilled.
2. Deterioration in the Relationship
Relationship inequality can result in resentment in one partner while the other partner may be either oblivious or indifferent as is evidenced with Paul P.