Respect is majorly essential in all sorts of relations like family, friends, and co-workers. It is indeed crucial in all aspects of your life, but it is the key ingredient for a perfect relationship. How someone honestly feels about you, shows in the way he/she behaves towards you. My mom used to tell me that all of the time, but it wasn’t until I experienced it for myself that I realized just how true that statement is. For a relationship to grow strong and healthy, it needs to have a good foundation. Respect is a big part of that. If your partner doesn’t respect you, there is a good chance they will not treat you the way that you deserve.
Respect, however, isn’t always something we so readily look for. Some of us don’t even know what it is we should be keeping an eye out for in the first place. So, here is a list of things that are signs of genuine respect in your relationship.
Signs That Show That Your Partner Respects You
1. Your partner isn’t controlling you
Have you ever been in a relationship where you felt like you had to share every detail of your day with your partner or they would bite your head off?
It isn’t healthy for someone to be questioning every single move you make; nor is it healthy for someone to tell you where you can and cannot go or what you can and cannot do. If you aren’t given the freedom to make your own choices, there may be a lack of respect happening.
2. Your partner Respects your NO
You have a right not to want to do something. Instead, it is saying no to going out tonight, or saying no to late night bedroom activities, someone who respects you will not pressure you or make you feel bad when you say you don’t want to do something. You should never feel like you have to do ANYTHING just because your partner wanted to.
3. Your partner is Supportive
Anyone who loves you will want to see you succeed. If you have a blog, your partner will read your blog posts and give you feedback or congratulate you on milestones. Believe it or not, that is a sign of respect. It shows that they see the effort you put into your passions. They want you to know that they respect and appreciate all that you do. And want to enjoy your progress in all that you do.
Nothing is more beautiful to me than when I see someone moving up in the world, and I see they have a partner that helps push and promote their skills.
4. Your Partner never hits below the belt
In a relationship, you’re going to fight. There will be arguments, and you aren’t always going to see eye to eye, but there should never be a time when your partner digs up the most painful thing possible and venomously throws it at you just to hurt you. No matter how angry you get, you can’t throw respect out of the window.
If all it takes is a disagreement for them to get nasty, then they didn’t respect you in the first place.
5. Your partner is honest with you
I know a lot of people feel like holding back the truth from someone is a sign of love, but honestly, it is just a sign that you don’t respect them enough to tell them the truth. My biggest pet peeve was always being lied to, even when I was a little girl. This is because I am big on respecting people. I deserved the truth, and someone who appreciates me enough would never lie to me. Just remember, honesty is the best policy.
6. Your partner always listens
I talk a lot. I know this about myself, and I tend to always go to my partner about all of the things I want to get off of my chest. One of my favorite things about him is even when the topic isn’t attractive to him; he will listen and respond appropriately to whatever it is I am saying. It goes both ways. Whenever he is talking about sports, I listen and ask questions because I respect him enough to hear what he has to say.
There is nothing respectful going on if you always feel as if you’re talking to a brick wall. It also is a problem if you find yourself being interrupted so that they can throw their opinion at you.
7. Your partner is forgiving and understanding
None of us are perfect, and we all make mistakes. If someone throws your flaws at your face, or always bring up and mistakes you made, they are not being respectful and only trying to hurt you.
8. Your partner accompanies in what you enjoy doing
Everyone has different habits and things they enjoy, but one thing about relationships filled with love and respect is if you enjoy doing it, they will join you even if it isn’t something they particularly enjoy. Someone who respects you
will want to accept and participate the things close to your heart, including activities.
9. Your partner respects your opinion
As I said, everyone is different. Every individual has different opinions and thought processes, and in relationships, you aren’t always going to agree with your partner’s idea. However, when your partner respects you, they will recognize how you feel and not mistreat you at any cost. Everyone has a right to think how they do and someone who appreciates you will acknowledge that.
10. Your partner includes you in plans for the future
As I also said before, how someone treats you is how they feel about you. If you’ve been with someone for a long time, then it is fair that your partner would consider you and how you’d be affected by the decisions he/she makes.
This shows that your partner respects your position in their life and that you matter enough to be included in their plans because they anticipate that you’ll be there.
So, do you see some symmetry between these signs and the signs shown in your relationship? It is vital that these things aren’t taken for granted and that you also make sure that you are respecting your partner in all of these ways also.
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