These Phrases Might Harm Your Relationship, Avoid Using Them!
Our words have an immense power, whether or not we realize it. This is especially true in our relationships, where words are one of the main ways we communicate with our significant other. Our words can inspire our partners and let them know we love them, but the wrong words can hurt our partners. While a strong relationship can weather many storms, using the wrong phrases too much over time can destroy the feelings two people have for each other. Here are some psychologically unhealthy phrases that people with healthy relationships avoid.
“Never” and “Always”
“Never” and “always” are words that psychologically convey a sense of hopelessness. I once had a girlfriend who told me, in a moment of anger, that I never thought about her feelings. Even though she apologized later for the remark, it didn’t change the fact that hurt a lot to hear, especially because of how much I did think about her feelings. “Never” and “always” phrases have a finality to them, implying an unwillingness to compromise, work through problems, ore change your mind. These are three things that healthy relationships must have to survive.
Comparing your Partner to Other People
“Darryl bought his wife a new car for Christmas.” Did you notice the voice you heard in your head when you read that sentence? Comparing your partner to somebody else is never a good idea. It’s natural to make comparisons in your head, but when you verbalize them, you are setting them up to feel inadequate. This article from the Good Men Project especially warns against comparing them negatively to their mother or father.
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