Many would think that cheating is the most hurtful and unforgivable thing you can do to your partner, but professionals are saying otherwise.
Relationship expert Lucinda Loveland says that there is something far worse than infidelity and that's the daily withdrawal and negative interactions that show how selfish we can act, how cold we can be, and how unfair we can treat our significant other. In other words, it's about being overly selfish to the point where you disregard your partner's feelings and needs.
She also adds that this habit can be more damaging since it's happening from the inside and possibly, on a daily basis. "When a couple is engaged in constant negative interaction, and persistent negative thoughts about our partner as selfish, or only out for themselves, unsupportive, or even dismissive of our own needs," Loveland says. "The fundamental issue isn't about communication or problem-solving skills, but about trust for each other."
If you feel like your relationship is crumbling down or has already hit rock bottom, know that there is hope—you just have to work extra hard for it. Here are stories that can help you:
No matter what age or stage you're at in a relationship, you still have to make your partner feel a lot of love and affection. Don't worry because it's not always about the grand gestures. Most of the time, it's in the small acts of love, too.
Instead of going out for your date nights, why don't you stay in and watch a movie (or movies!) instead? There's a study that's proven discussing relationships in a movie you watched together strengthens your relationship. Plus, it doesn't cost much!
Never take each other for granted—even if you've been together for years. Always find time to spend with your significant other at the end of every day just to catch up and hear what the other person has to say.
This story originally appeared on Femalenetwork.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Candymag.com editors.