Romance Stress Management

Relationship Roles That Cause Stress (And How To Fix Them)

When it comes to our relationships, we all have a role that we play. Sometimes these roles are helpful and supportive, but other times they can be quite stressful. In this blog post, we’ll explore some of the most common relationship roles that cause stress, and we’ll offer some tips on how to fix them. Happy reading!

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The partner who is always busy and never has time for their partner

This type of situation can be incredibly stressful for the partner who feels like they are always last on their partner’s list of priorities. If you find yourself in this position, it is important to communicate your needs to your partner. Try to be understanding of their busyness, but also make it clear that you need more time together. Suggest specific ways that they can make time for you, such as planning regular date nights or spending time together on the weekends. If your partner is unwilling to make more time for you, it may be necessary to reconsider the relationship.

The partner who is always critical and never seems to be satisfied

This type of partner is usually highly critical of their partner and is never satisfied with what they do. This can be very stressful for the other person in the relationship as they feel like they can never please their partner. If you are in a relationship with someone who is always critical, it is important to try to communicate with them about their expectations and to understand their point of view. It is also important to set boundaries with this type of person so that you can protect yourself from their negative behaviour.

If you find that you are constantly arguing with this type of partner, it may be necessary to seek out couples counselling or therapy to help improve communication and resolve conflict.

The partner who is always negative and brings their partner down

This is a difficult role to be in, because it can be hard to remain positive when your partner is always bringing you down. However, it is important to try to find the silver lining in every situation and to focus on the good aspects of your relationship. Try to encourage your partner when they are feeling down, and help them to see the positive side of every situation.

If you find yourself in this situation, it is important to communicate with your partner. Let them know how their negativity is affecting you, and try to work together to find a solution. It is also important to make sure that you are taking care of yourself emotionally and mentally, so that you can be the best support for your partner.

The partner who is always right and never admits when they’re wrong

No matter what the situation is, they always have to be right. And if you dare to disagree with them, they will make sure to let you know just how right they are. This can be extremely frustrating, especially when you’re trying to have a calm, rational discussion.

The best way to deal with this partner is to try to stay calm and avoid getting into arguments with them. If they start to get angry or defensive, simply walk away and take some time to cool off. Once you’ve both had a chance to calm down, you can then try to have a constructive conversation about the situation.

It’s also important to remember that you don’t always have to agree with your partner. It’s okay to disagree with them, as long as you’re respectful about it. If you can learn to communicate effectively and compromise, then you should be able to work through this issue.

The partner who is always pushing their partner to be better

This partner is always looking for ways that their partner can improve, and is never satisfied with the status quo. While it’s important to always be striving to be better, this constant pressure can be incredibly stressful for the person on the receiving end. If you find yourself in this situation, try to have a conversation with your partner about why they feel the need to always be pushing you to improve. See if there’s a way to find a balance between supporting each other and giving each other space to grow.

The partner who is always demanding and never seems to be happy with what their partner does

This type of partner can be very draining, both emotionally and mentally.

One way to do this is to try to communicate with your partner more. Talk about what is causing them stress and see if there are any ways that you can help to alleviate it. It’s also important to try to be more understanding and patient with them. This can be difficult, but it’s important to remember that everyone deals with stress in different ways.

Another way to fix this type of relationship is to find ways to spend more time together doing things that both of you enjoy. This can help to take the focus off of the things that are causing stress and help you to connect on a deeper level. It’s also important to make sure that you’re taking care of yourself both physically and mentally. This will help to prevent you from getting too overwhelmed by the stress in your relationship.

The partner who is always testing their partner and never seems to trust them

1. Talk to your partner about why they might be feeling insecure or untrusting. If there is a specific reason for their behavior, see if there is anything you can do to help ease their fears.

2. Reassure your partner frequently that you love and trust them. Let them know that you are committed to the relationship and that they can rely on you.

3. Try to be as open and honest with your partner as possible. If they feel like they can’t trust you because you’re always hiding things from them, it will only exacerbates the problem.

4. Seek counseling or therapy if the issue persists and you can’t seem to resolve it on your own. A professional can help you and your partner communicate more effectively and work through any trust issues.

The partner who is always withholding and never seems to give as much as their partner does

This can be a difficult role to take on, because it can feel like you’re always the one giving and never receiving. It’s important to remember that relationships are give-and-take, and that if you’re always the one giving, your partner will eventually start to feel overwhelmed and stressed. If you find yourself in this situation, it’s important to sit down with your partner and talk about how you’re feeling. Tell them that you need more balance in the relationship, and ask for their help in creating that balance.

The partner who is always withdraws and never seems to be emotionally present

When one person in a relationship is always withdrawing and never seems to be emotionally present, it can put a lot of stress on the other person. This is especially true if the withdrawer is also someone who is not very communicative or doesn’t express their feelings very well.

There are a few things that you can do to try and fix this issue. First, you need to communicate with your partner and try to understand why they are withdrawing from the relationship. It could be that they are feeling overwhelmed or stressed about something and need some time to themselves. If this is the case, you need to be understanding and give them the space they need.

However, if their withdrawal is due to something else, such as feeling disconnected from you or feeling like they’re not being emotionally supported, then you need to have a serious discussion about the state of your relationship. It’s possible that they may need some space to figure things out, but if they’re not willing to work on the relationship, then it may be time to consider ending things.

The partner who is always impatient and never seems to have the time for their partner

If you find yourself in this role, try to remember that your partner likely doesn’t intend to make you feel this way. Instead, they may simply be overwhelmed with their own responsibilities and stressors.

One way to help alleviate this stress is to offer to lend a hand with some of their tasks or errands. This can lighten their load and give them more time to spend with you. You can also try expressing your needs directly to your partner. letting them know how important it is for you to feel loved and supported. With patience and understanding, this role can be successfully navigated.


In conclusion, it’s important to be mindful of the roles we take on in our relationships and how they might be causing stress. If you find yourself in a role that is causing you distress, try talking to your partner about it. Let them know what you need from them in order to feel more comfortable in that role. And if your partner is unwilling or unable to meet your needs, it may be time to reconsider the relationship. Thanks for reading!