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One-Sided Relationships: Signs, Causes, & How to Fix it

Not all one sided relationships have unrequited love. There are some where one half of the couple puts in more effort than the other, causing an imbalanced relationship. Most people in a long-term relationship understand what it’s like to feel like you’re putting in more time and effort than your partner.

Sometimes, the sense that you’re doing more than your fair share is valid. Other times, it may not be. How can you tell the difference? Luckily, there are a few tell-tale indications that can help you know for sure. Wanting your relationship to feel balanced is normal, and feeling like things are occasionally lopsided is all too common.

Sometimes it can be hard to see your relationship clearly when you’re in the thick of things. That’s why knowing some of the signs that may suggest your relationship is one-sided can be helpful. “Healthy relationships aren’t necessarily perfect, but clearly they’re a bit more balanced when both persons feel heard and supported. Oftentimes, in one-sided relationships, there’s a breakdown in communication, while fundamentally, one person makes more of an effort in initiating and maintaining the dialogue.

If it feels like a burden to do most of the ‘work’ to stay and be in touch with your partner, it’s ok to share how you feel in order to make known that you need a bit more support than you’re getting.” Talkspace therapist Elizabeth Keohan, LCSW-C, LICSW, LCSWA hallmark of a one-sided relationship is a lack of a deep connection between partners. If you feel more like roommates than soulmates, there’s likely a problem. Revitalize your relationship by making an effort to spend time together. Admittedly, this can be difficult with the hustle and bustle of most people’s busy lives these days.

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