Relationships are a core component of human interaction. In fact, human beings are one of the most social species on the planet. Evidence of this sociality can be found in ancient scriptures, poetry, music, and bestselling novels. But what drives the behavior of human beings in relationships? Is it simply a natural urge to bond with others?
Relationships are not just romantic; they can be work-related, teacher-student, community-based, or a variety of other types of relationships. Relationships are an integral part of our lives and contribute to our physical and mental health. But if the relationship is not healthy, we may be suffering in various ways.
Many relationships fail due to infidelity, though this is not always the case. Often, everyday threats, loss of interest in intimacy, or contempt and defensiveness can end relationships. Even decades-long marriages are at risk of ending. Having a strong and secure foundation is important in maintaining a healthy relationship, but constant nagging can damage a relationship.
Healthy relationships build self-esteem and lower stress levels. Research shows that stress contributes to many mental health problems. On the other hand, toxic relationships lead to insecurities and can negatively impact future relationships. They can also cause abandonment issues.