The beginning of a new relationship can feel exciting. It is a special time where you get to know each other and spend quality time together. During this time, you begin build trust and you might start thinking about where the relationship can go in the future.
While new relationships can feel amazing to some people, for others, it can open up insecurities that when left unchecked can become possessive or controlling behaviours. Early signs can include the constant checking of mobile phones, social media accounts, text messages etc, without your permission.
It’s about crossing someone’s boundaries.
Looking at someone’s personal property without permission is an invasion of privacy and its actions like these that can slip into unhealthy relationship territory.
Respecting your partner’s boundaries is a good start to a healthy relationship.
Partners should always feel safe to have their own opinions, even when this means they disagree. If your partner responds to your (different) viewpoint with dismissal, contempt, or other rudeness, this often suggests they don’t respect you or your ideas.
If you find that you are afraid of speaking your mind and giving your opinions because you worry about their reaction, or feel like you’re “walking on eggshells” every day, it may be time to seek professional help.