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Early Warning Signs: How to Identify Relationship Issues Before They Escalate

Dr. Lisa Lawless

Dr. Lisa Lawless, CEO of Holistic Wisdom
Clinical Psychotherapist: Relationship & Sexual Health Expert

finger puppet couple that look distressed When Something Feels Off

Maintaining a healthy relationship is something that both partners must work to support. However, despite our best efforts, there will be challenges, and identifying them early can help prevent them from escalating into more significant problems. If we don't, it can lead to the demise of a relationship, which is why recognizing early warning signs before they become damaging to a relationship is ideal.

The Power Of Observation

Our observations are a powerful tool that can often accurately forecast our partner's behavior. By paying attention to our gut feelings and noticing the rhythms of our relationship, we can see when our partner's behaviors and routines are off. When things start to seem outside of the norm, this information can serve as a vital indicator of changes in how our partner perceives us as well as the state of the relationship.

Red Flags

Red flags should be raised when daily routines change, as they may signal something is amiss. It is crucial to address these changes directly and openly, engaging in honest conversations to prevent hurt feelings and ensure that the relationship is on the right track.

When your partner loses interest in the relationship, it can be tough to spot the signs. Here are some examples of such behavior:

  • Reduced communication.

  • Avoiding spending time together.

  • Lack of affection.

  • Emotional distance.

  • Disinterest in your life.

  • Criticism or defensiveness.

Tips for detecting changes in relationships:

  • Stay observant of your partner's behavior.

  • Listen actively to verbal and nonverbal communication.

  • Note changes in your partner's behavior, including tone of voice, gestures, and facial expressions.

  • Take note of changes in routine, such as schedules or habits.

  • Trust your instincts and communicate with your partner if something seems off.

  • Be proactive and communicate openly and honestly with your partner.


It's important to note that changes in behavior do not necessarily mean that a partner has lost interest in the relationship. Other factors, such as stress at work or personal issues, may affect their behavior. Communication is vital, so if you're concerned about changes in your partner's behavior, it's essential to talk to them openly and honestly.

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