The Number One Reason Why Relationships Fall Apart

The Angry Therapist
3 min readJan 16, 2024

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In a relationship, growth and change are essential for both individuals to thrive and reach their full potential. When one person in the relationship is not actively growing or changing, while the other is, it can create a power differential where one person feels more parental and the other feels more childlike. This dynamic is not healthy for a romantic relationship because it prevents both individuals from evolving and reaching their full potential together.

When one person is not growing or changing, it can lead to a lack of self-awareness and an inability to understand how their thoughts and actions affect others. This can create a lopsided relationship with a limited ceiling for growth. The relationship itself becomes stagnant, and the person who is growing may eventually outgrow their partner.

Without self-awareness and ownership of one’s actions, resentment can build up in the relationship. When people don’t take responsibility for their behavior, it creates cracks in the relationship that can eventually shatter it beyond repair.

On the other hand, when both individuals in a relationship actively engage in personal growth and change, it allows for a healthy partnership. Both partners can lean on each other, complementing each other’s weaknesses with their strengths. They become a team, standing…

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The Angry Therapist

Author of “I Used To Be A Miserable F*CK” and “Single. on Purpose.” IG: theangrytherapist