Insecurity can ruin relationships and often leads to destructive behavior that affects both partners. Spotting the signs of insecurity enables you to address the problems early on and, if necessary, to seek help from a therapist or relationship counselor. Here are five signs that your partner is insecure.
Jealousy can be a red flag in a relationship, as it can lead to controlling behavior and sometimes even violence. If your partner is showing signs of jealousy towards your friendships, previous partners, work colleagues or acquaintances, it’s important to address the issue as soon as possible.
While it’s nice to know that your partner wants to be with you, insecure people often smother their partners with constant attention and declarations of love. They may want to spend all of their time with you and become upset or anxious when you ask for time on your own.
An insecure person seeks constant reassurance that their partner loves them and is happy in the relationship. If your partner is insecure, they may call, text or email all the time and become agitated or worried if you don’t answer the phone or respond to messages straight away.
Possessiveness often masquerades as protectiveness and can feel good at the beginning of a relationship, as your partner may step in to defend or protect you during conflicts with other people. However, protective partners can quickly become possessive, leading to controlling and disturbing behavior that ruins the relationship and destroys your confidence.
Insecurity makes some people hypersensitive to criticism and rejection. This can manifest as irrational behavior and overreactions, particularly in situations where your partner feels rejected or judged. Your partner may also become angry or bad tempered if you say no to their suggestions or decline one of their invitations.
Jealousy, smothering, reassurance seeking, possessiveness and oversensitivity are all signs of an insecure partner. It’s important to talk to your partner about their insecurities and, if necessary, to seek help from a therapist or relationship counselor, as insecurity can lead to controlling behavior and sometimes even violence.