5 Things That Are Never Your Fault In a Relationship
Noreen|Jan. 17, 2019
Women are conditioned to take responsibility for everything that happens in a relationship, whether that's their partner's feelings, their partner's actions, or the relationship's eventual dissolution. But there are some things that are never your fault in a relationship, and taking the blame will only lead to unnecessary suffering. It's important to take responsibility for your own choices, but it's equally important not to carry the weight of your partner's mistakes.
1Mistreatment Toward You
No matter what you've done, you never deserve disrespectful or abusive behavior. "When your partner looses their temper, turns aggressive or abusive and then blames you for triggering them, it's not your fault," dating and relationship coach Rosalind Sedacca, CLC tells Bustle.
"We have a choice regarding how we behave, even when we are frustrated, annoyed, or angered," she says. "Too often, partners blame others so they can justify their actions. This is deceptive, abusive, and needs to be called out as such. Never blame yourself for angering your partner. Take responsibility for your own behavior and alter it if it's hurtful to your partner, but don't buy into their claims that 'you made me do that!'"
2Your Partner's Feelings
Similarly, if a choice of yours makes your partner feel bad, that's not necessarily your fault either. It could reflect your partner's preexisting issues or their interpretation of your actions. For example, if your partner gets insecure when you watch porn, that doesn't mean you have to stop watching it so they feel better.
"It’s important to listen to your partner’s perceptions and experiences and then determine how your behavior contributed, but you are only responsible for your part, not how they choose to react to it," couples' consultant and coach Lesli Doares tells Bustle. "You can recognize your responsibility by how you feel. Most of us know when we have behaved inappropriately or unfairly. That’s what you take ownership of and address."
3Your Own Feelings
If you're losing interest in your relationship or sex life, it's an unfortunate situation to be in but not a wrongdoing on your part. "In many cases, there is no one to blame for such issues; sometimes life gets too busy, priorities get out of order, and important issues go by the wayside," says Manly. You just have to decide if your waning feelings are a reason to end the relationship or something you want to work through.
4.Mistakes You Could Not Have Prevented
It's easy to beat ourselves up when we make the wrong decisions for ourselves, our partners, or the relationship. But we can't always know in advance that such decisions will turn out badly.
"Sometimes plans go awry," NYC-based intimacy expert and relationship coach Lia Holmgren tells Bustle. "Coupled with existing stress, this can cause couples to start blaming each other, but partners shouldn’t be blaming each other. I think blame toward ourselves or towards our partners is unhealthy and should be avoided in general. Instead of blaming, it’s better to find a constructive solution for the future when the same situation occurs."
5Your Partner's Infidelity
If you've been cheated on, your first impulse may be to try to figure out how you failed to satisfy your partner's needs so that you can stop them from cheating again. But the truth is, it was their decision to cheat. You didn't ask for it.
The bottom line? "A romantic partner should be a partner and not a babysitter, parent, or a therapist. It’s good to have a partner we can share our frustration with or ask for help and lean on, but it shouldn’t be the main focus of a romantic relationship to be solving one person’s problems and dumping negativities and frustrations on each other," says Holmgren.