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When good relationships with your partner, family members or friends run smoothly, they enable you to enjoy your life, work, and activities beyond the relationship. It’s when you notice yourself worrying or talking about them often that you should pay attention.

Have you noticed unpleasant or outright destructive patterns in your relationship, such as unwillingness to compromise, selfishness or the withholding of communication or affection? You may find yourself on the receiving end of frequent and overly critical judgement, undermining statements and blame or perhaps you are the one who has got used to reacting this way. Are sarcastic, disrespectful or manipulative comments leaving you hurt and disappointed? Sometimes even with the best intentions we don’t manage to bring arguments to an end.

These are warning signs that your relationship may be in trouble. It doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s beyond help or that you can’t get the connection back, but it does mean you both need to have an honest look at what is going on and may benefit from the assistance of an experienced professional.