In this article, we take a look at what honesty means in relationships, why it’s important, and how you can encourage and practice greater honesty and intimacy between your partner and yourself.
– Understand your feelings for your partner and the relationship – Reflect upon whether your needs are being met in the relationship
Radical honesty involves telling the truth no matter what, even if it’s uncomfortable or inconvenient. It essentially means not holding back anything you think or feel, Dr. Romanoff explains.
Being your authentic self with your partner allows them to truly know you. While it’s normal to want to showcase the best version of yourself to someone you’re dating
Your partner may not know what’s going on with you unless you tell them. Honesty is important because it allows the other person to understand your needs
Know that you’re not alone. A study3on living with pathological narcissism found difficulties within the context of their close relationships.
Love bombing also happens in friendships and other relationships as well. But if you are being love-bombed by a romantic partner and find that the relationship is becoming more abusive, help is available.
Chronic manipulative behavior has been linked to people with attachment issues and mental health conditions such as borderline personality disorder
Experiencing certain forms of abuse can cause someone to feel unsafe communicating their needs directly, making them susceptible to forming manipulative behaviors.
Although it may be challenging to recognize or prevent these behaviors—because you're not creating them—you can protect yourself from the fallout.