Moreover, people with high self-esteem appear to respond more constructively and positively during conflict when they think their partner is committed to the relationship, whereas people with low self-esteem don’t do this even when they believe their partner is committed.Put it into practice: Like most things, increasing the quality of your relationship can take time. It’s okay if right now you have a hard time believing that you’re a worthwhile person.In contrast, lack of respect leads to all kinds of relational ills—putdowns, dishonesty, cheating—which are sure to sink a relationship eventually.
Remember the last time you took your car in for a diagnostic check-up?
Maybe your vehicle was making a strange noise, or perhaps it was for routine maintenance.
And having said that, I also know that this is not easy....
Rightly put, it is the foundation on which your other relationships are built - so definitely worth putting in the effort. Building any relationship takes time and continuous effort, to make it long lasting and stronger.
Some sage once said, “You can’t love someone you don’t respect.” We could amend that to say, “You can’t maintain a happy, long-term relationship with someone you don’t respect and/or who doesn’t respect you.” Mutual respect is at the very core of enduring relationships.
It confers dignity, honor, and high worth to the recipient.
Romantic relationships, in all of their complexity, are a fundamental component of our lives.
And as the poet Rainer Maria Rilke mused, “There is scarcely anything more difficult than to love one another.” What makes a good relationship?
If one works on this, he/she will be able to adopt the right attitude and frame of mind.
And of course, this is a constant and life-long process....
Holly Parker, a clinical psychologist and instructor of the course The Psychology of Close Relationships, offers her advice on how to have healthy and loving romantic relationships.