Resentment is aged, accumulated anger or disappointment one person feels about something another person has done or failed to do.
When a person has a feeling of resentment, this feeling leads to certain predictable actions.
If you are resentful toward your relationship partner or vice versa, the person feeling resentful is likely to:
- Stop trusting their partner as much
- Stop feeling generous toward their partner
- Feel less love for their partner
- Stop enjoying your time together and want less intimacy
Do these behaviors sound like they would lead to a happy, satisfying relationship? How about greater intimacy, fun, joy, and sex? Obviously not!
The person feeling resentful steps partially out of the relationship, which means there’s less good stuff to be shared. It’s hard to have a great relationship while one person isn’t fully there.
And yet, most people ignore their own and their partner’s resentments and try to continue to have a good relationship, operating on top of the anger that’s there.
Can you be close to a person
when you know they hold unresolved anger towards you? Can you be close to someone who you know doesn’t feel compassion for you? Or who feels less love for you?
When resentment creeps into a connection between two people and settles in, it’s as if the grave is starting to be dug for the relationship. The relationship may take a long time to die. But once the resentment rot sets in, unless it’s cleared out, the end is near.
In order to have a loving, healthy, life long relationship both partners must learn how to let go of resentment.
Resentment is made up of old feelings of anger or disappointment. To let go of these old feelings you need to do something. That something could be writing a letter, setting a boundary, saying no, saying yes, doing something for yourself, etc.
To let go of the feeling you must take the action the feeling is pulling you towards. If you refuse to take the action for fear of rocking the boat, the feeling will persist and you won’t be able to let go of it.
Most people resist taking the action the resentment is pulling them towards for fear of angering their partner or even losing the relationship.
But here’s something to think about: Resentment pulls you away from the relationship which jeopardizes it’s survival. Rocking the boat may also endanger your relationship. Either way, you may lose.
Doesn’t it make more sense to take proactive steps, rather than allow the fear of something bad happening dictate your future? This way the resentment is cleared out, making room for the relationship you want to have, even if it ends up being with a different person.
Don’t let resentment kill your relationship. Learn to let it go and encourage your partner do the same!
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