While conflict is normal, your arguments shouldn’t turn into personal attacks and neither partner should try to lower the other’s self-esteem.
If you can’t express yourself without fear of retaliation, you may be experiencing abuse.
Learn more about verbal abuse and how to draw the line between it and normal disagreements.
Remember, one sign of an abusive relationship is a partner who tries to control or manipulate you.
And by “conflict,” we specifically mean verbal disagreements and arguments.
In fact, you have the right to a different opinion from your partner. When you communicate effectively, you understand your partner better and make your relationship stronger.
When you can resolve conflicts successfully, you are developing a healthy, mature relationship.