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15 Signs of Disrespect in a Relationship You Better Not Ignore

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So you’re in a relationship. It’s been a few weeks, months, maybe even years. Things seem to be going relatively ok for the most part but some things just don’t sit well with you. Recognizing signs of disrespect in a relationship can sometimes be kinda tricky.

We’ll address a few of those signs here and also talk about how to deal with disrespect in a relationship.

Feeling disrespected in a relationship

How many times has your best friend cried on your shoulder about this problem? Or maybe it’s been you doing the crying about feeling disrespected in a relationship.

You’re not alone.

If you already know and feel that your husband/wife does not respect you then something must change.

One would think that having and maintaining respect in a relationship would be a no brainer. Unfortunately, such is not the case.

We all have to keep in mind that so many of us were raised in toxic environments and what may seem like chaos to you is perfectly normal for them. Many of us, also, have no idea what respect is, or we never received any. Respect is a tough beast for sure.

Dealing with disrespect in a relationship

For those of you who were raised with respect and value this trait, it can be tough af dealing with  disrespect in a relationship, any relationship really, but especially with your spouse/partner.

To be honest and in my opinion, the easiest and best way to deal with disrespect in a relationship is to immediately address the issue and inform your partner that their behaviour is totally unacceptable.

Fighting or lashing back is not going to fix the problem.

They need to understand that what they said or did has hurt you or is a sign of disrespect, let them know how it made you feel and talk to them about it.

If they argue back (every single time this happens) and it never gets resolved then you have a much bigger issue on your hands and will need to figure out for yourself how much more disrespect you are willing to tolerate in this relationship.

I gotta be honest here though. No one is entitled to treat you like crap or disrespect you so if this is a common occurrence you need to sit down with yourself and figure out why you keep letting this happen to you. This is a sign of an unhealthy relationship and you need to either address and fix it, or leave.

Let’s talk about that a little more.

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Signs of an unhealthy relationship

While this article will definitely cover many signs of disrespect in a relationship you need to know that these are also signs of an unhealthy relationship. 

Ironically, just the other day I was telling my friend that I don’t even know what a healthy relationship feels like. I’ve never had one and one of the reasons is that now when I see red flags I address them and run.

But so many of us stay in unhealthy relationships because it’s all we know and we are feeding our longing to be loved and our fear of loneliness.

couple fighting-signs of an unhealthy relationship

What are signs of disrespect in a relationship?

If you see any of these signs of disrespect in your relationship, it’s time to get to work and address these as they come up. Remember no one is allowed or entitled to disrespect you. Ever. Many of these are huge red flags.

I’m no relationship expert but I know I deserve to be treated with respect and if the guy I’m dating shows any signs of disrespect, I’m out. I’ve come too far in my self love and self worth journey to let anyone crush me or stomp on my confidence, ever again.

If your boyfriend or girlfriend doesn’t respect you, it’s time to do something about it. Period.

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15 signs of disrespect in a relationship

Too often we lose ourselves in a relationship and forget our identity and our self worth, not to mention self respect and self esteem. We tend to settle for less because we feel that’s all we deserve or ‘there’s nothing better out there’.

We have to stop thinking like that and reclaim who we are and believe in what we deserve.

1 Being judged

Does your partner constantly judge and belittle you? Do they criticize you often with the intent to hurt you, not help you? Remember there’s a difference between constructive criticism and damaging criticism.

2 Poor communication

Is your partner easy to talk to when problems arise? Or do they shut down, not want to talk and not care about your feelings with regards to whatever issue is at hand? I get communicating our feelings can sometimes be difficult for some, but when it comes to communicating for a conflict resolution? That’s kind of important!

3 Lack of support, emotionally, professionally or otherwise

It’s important to have 100% support from your partner in all things in your life. If they show lack of support or a rather ” I don’t really care” type attitude, then, well, they don’t really care and clearly don’t have your best interests at heart.

4 Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Is everything always about them and what they want/want to do with little to no concern about you, your interests and what you want to do? That screams narcissist to me and selfish. This person clearly only cares about themselves, not you.

If you’re dealing with a narcissist you might want to check out Kim Saeed’s BreakFree Bootcamp. She’s amazing and so is this bootcamp!!

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5 Untrustworthy

Can your partner be trusted OR maybe they don’t really trust you even though you’ve given them no clear reason not to trust you? Trust is a big effin deal in a relationship and if they can’t be trusted or don’t trust you, the problem is bigger than you want to deal with.

 6 I’ll do what I want

Is there something your partner has done numerous times that you have asked them not to do because you don’t like it? They keep doing it because they don’t care about your feelings. They do it because they only care about themselves.

7 Never pays attention to you

Do you have his/her attention when you want to talk to them or do they seem totally uninterested in what you are saying? Are they too busy scrolling through Facebook or watching TV while you are talking to them? Ya, that’s rude and disrespectful.

8 Refuses to apologize

Does he/she refuse to apologize for things they did that hurt you OR do they say ‘sorry but..’? They clearly have no respect for you or your feelings if apologies don’t come easily or are followed by a ‘but’.

Also keep in mind, if they keep doing the same wrong thing over and over again they don’t really care that they are hurting you.

The best apology is changed behaviour. Remember that.

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9 I’ll do what I want

Does your partner often do things without asking you to join them or if it would be ok to do it? Now I get we don’t need permission to do things but some things most certainly shouldn’t do without at least asking if it’s ok.

10 Embarrasses you in public

Does he/she pick on you/put you down/or make fun of you in front of friends or family? Oh I’m sure it’s all in jest right? Wrong. That is totally disrespectful. No one has the right to make a mockery of you in public.

11 Flirts with others in front you

No no no just no. Do they do this often? Totally disregard you and start flirting with other men/women at a party or club or wherever? This is a clear sign of disrespect in a relationship. Not to mention it’s rude!!

12 Interrupts you often

Does your partner often talk over you or interrupt you when you’re trying to get a point across or have a conversation? It’s frustrating as heck right? They do this because your words or feelings don’t matter. They need you to hear them and they want to be heard. What you have to say doesn’t matter at all to them.

13 Always late

To be honest, if you/they are always late there is a bigger problem but it also shows a lack of respect for your time or the importance of the event. Narcissists top this list of “I don’t really care what time I get there, they should just be happy I’m going”. People need to respect other people’s time as well.

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14 Always on their cell phone

Ugh!! This is my number one pet peeve. Would you rather scroll Facebook/Twitter/Insta then talk with me? Seriously though! If your partner is always on their phone and totally ignoring you it shows your company means nothing to them.

But this goes for friends too I might add. If you are hanging with a friend and he/she is always on their cell phone it might be time to put an end to that. Tell them how you feel about it (hello, it’s effin rude btw).

15 They choose others over you

They always side with friends and family over you. They will also make plans with them without including you (or asking you) and will choose their activity over one you have chosen. This obviously shows you are second choice, an alternative.

A few more common signs of disrespect

I’ve only listed 15 signs of disrespect in a relationship but honestly, there are probably a million more! A few more common signs of disrespect in a relationship are:

  • lying
  • bullying
  • controlling
  • cheating
  • verbally/emotionally/mentally/physically abusive

Not to forget too that addictive behaviour can also ruin a relationship. Whether it be an addiction to a drug, porn, gambling, alcohol or whatever. Some addictions are extremely crippling not only to the person with the addiction but to the other person in the relationship.

Remember we are not in relationships to suffer, be sad, be treated poorly or anything negative like that. If you think you are in a toxic relationship, do something about it! Either go to counselling or leave!

If you need to talk to a professional, the counselors over at are amazing. I’ve recently partnered with them and I appreciate their level of service and excellence. Genuinely caring and supportive.

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Yup that may sound harsh but always keep in mind, you are here for joy and happiness. Also keep in mind you can’t fix broken people. Only they can fix themselves, if and when they are ready to.

How to have respect for yourself

This is a tough one. I get it. Many of us have struggled all our lives to try to have respect for ourselves or even love ourselves. We have been in and out of toxic relationships all our lives because that’s what we attract and that’s all we know.

But when you learn to have some respect for yourself and start loving yourself, the people in your life will change as you change and grow. My self help guide From Hell to Happiness might help you with that (click the link below or the image to check it out).

It’s my story about how I went from a horribly abusive and sad life to loving myself and finally being happy in my own skin. I was in and out of toxic relationships my entire life until one day I shouted, “NO MORE” and my healing journey began.

You can also check out all my mini self help eBooks in my new You Are Amazing Series. A mini eBook to get you through whatever issue you are facing right now.

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Signs Of Disrespect In Marriage: When To Draw The Line

By: Ashley Brown

Updated August 04, 2021

"We all deserve to be with someone who treats us kindly. The echoes of a partner’s harsh words can often be heard for years to come. Respect yourself enough to know when it is time to stand up for yourself. That may mean becoming more assertive or it may mean moving on." - Aaron Horn LMFT

It is a fact of life that no marriage is perfect, but where do you draw the line? A successful marriage is built on love, respect, and communication. Do you know what it means to respect your spouse and to be respected in return? There might be some surprising ways that your spouse disrespects you and your marriage that you have not considered. If you are having problems in your marriage, a lack of respect could be the ultimate root cause. Here are some signs of disrespect in marriage that could alert you that changes need to be made in your relationship.

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Signs Your Husband Doesn't Value You

#1 They Don't Make Time For You

If your spouse does not make time for you, they do not respect you. Your spouse should take the time to spend with you in conversation and activity alike.

#2 They Don't Tell You Things

If you frequently find out things about your spouse or their day from other people, it is a sign of disrespect in marriage. 

#3 They Don't Introduce You

When you run into friends and acquaintances, you should be introducing your spouse to them and including them in the conversation. Failing to introduce your spouse and carrying on a conversation as if they weren't there is very disrespectful.

#4 They Only Take Care Of Themselves

A good spouse that shows respect for their partner will be concerned about the needs of their partner, their family, and their household. Only having care for your own needs without regard to your spouse or the household is extremely disrespectful to your marriage and family.

#5 They Don't Acknowledge Your Accomplishments

Not acknowledging what you have accomplished in your career, your household, or in some other way, is a sign that your spouse does not respect you.

#6 They Make You Feel Less Than

A spouse that makes you feel less than desired or needed is not respecting you. When your spouse is quick to make you feel as though you are less than you should be, it is a serious sign of disrespect.

#7 They Are Derogatory

Derogatory comments either to your face or behind your back are both very disrespectful. This sign of disrespect can often cross the line into emotional abuse and gaslighting. 

#8 They Hide Things from You

When you respect someone that you are in a relationship with, you must be open and honest with them. If your spouse is hiding things from you it is a sign of disrespect. 

#9 They Treat You As Though You Don't Matter

Does your spouse make you feel as though they wouldn't care one way or the other if you were still around tomorrow? This is a sign of disrespect.


#10 They Never Take Your Side

Part of being respectful in a marriage is standing by your spouse. If your spouse never takes your side in anything involving friends, family, career, or other situations, it is a serious sign of disrespect. 

#11 Inappropriate Social Media

When your spouse is having conversations with social media contacts that are flirty or sexual, it is a serious sign of disrespect.

#12 They Comment Negatively On Your Appearance

Does your spouse make fun of your clothing choices, your hair, your weight, or some other aspect of your appearance? Not only is this very disrespectful in a marriage, but it is also plain hurtful.

#13 If They Don't Help You

If you hit a struggle and your spouse is not willing to help you, it is a serious sign of disrespect.

#14 They Aren't Polite To Your Friends And Family

While it is true that not everyone will get along with everyone else, if your spouse cannot be bothered to be polite to your friends and family, it is a sign that they do not respect you enough.

#15 They Are Unwilling To Share

Marriage is supposed to be 50/50, and that means with everything. If your spouse is always unwilling to share their things, this can be a sign of disrespect. 

#16 They Don't Listen To You

When you have something to say to your spouse, they should be willing to listen. If your spouse will never listen to anything you have to say, or if they flat out refuse to let you speak, this is a serious sign of disrespect. 

#17 They Give You The Silent Treatment

The silent treatment is a tactic used by many narcissists, and it is a clear sign of disrespect. The silent treatment is designed to make you feel completely cut off, and when done frequently, can be a form of emotional abuse. 

#18 They Ignore Your Boundaries

Everyone has boundaries. If your spouse refuses to respect your boundaries, this means that they also have no respect for you.

#19 Your Partner Refuses To Compromise Or Negotiate

Marriage is all about compromise. If your spouse has my way or the highway attitude and refuses to discuss things with you or negotiate, this is a sign of disrespect.


When To Draw The Line

If many of the signs mentioned are present in your marriage, it could be an indicator of an abusive relationship. Remember that abuse does not necessarily mean physical violence. You must address these issues as soon as they arise, set healthy boundaries, and expect your spouse to stick to them. Remember that you should never receive abuse of any kind. Certain types of therapy can help you learn how to change your behaviors when interacting with each other. This can assist you in beginning to repair your relationship with your spouse.

If you aren't able to find or afford a marriage counselor in your area, you can easily take advantage of online counseling options. Online counseling allows you to speak to a licensed therapist from the comfort and privacy of your own home. ReGain is one such online counseling platform that focuses on relationship counseling. Here are reviews of ReGain counselors to read, from people going through similar issues.

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"Cori is very insightful, thoughtful and fair. It seems like she get both sides of our couples therapy. I would highly recommend her to anyone, especially couples. She has helped my wife and I improve communication, mutual respect and get through some hard times."

"Dr Diai is insightful, professional and very compassionate. She is capable of turning arguments and conflicts around and bring light to the conversation, always respecting the different points of view. My husband and I are so grateful to be assigned to her to help us through this challenging period in our lives."


There is no reason to put up with disrespect in your marriage. Once you notice the signs, you should get help from a professional counselor to fix the issues that are plaguing you. With the right tools, you can start to repair your marriage, regain respect, and learn how to move forward together.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Why is a Toxic Relationship Bad?

Every marriage or relationship is going to have its share of problems, but a toxic relationship is one that needs more repair than your average relationship. Toxic relationships can be abusive, and no matter what you do, the relationship doesn't get any better. If you have been experiencing domestic violence, reach out for help immediately. You can reach the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

There are also times where both parties are toxic for each other. Disrespect in relationships is prevalent in toxic partnerships. Signs of disrespect in a relationship are something you should be mindful of, and leaving the relationship should those signs show up isn't a bad move.

What are signs of disrespect in a marriage?

Some signs of disrespect in relationships are subtle, whereas other signs of disrespect are overt. Signs of disrespect in a marriage can include:

  • Emotional invalidation
  • Stonewalling or using the silent treatment
  • Inequality in terms of give-and-take
  • Controlling behavior

How do you deal with a disrespectful husband?

First, recognize the signs of disrespect that are present in your relationship. What signs of a disrespectful partner do you notice? Have a conversation with your spouse about the specific signs of disrespect you notice in your relationship. The best thing to do is to seek help from a professional to deal with a disrespectful husband to address the signs of disrespect that occur. A licensed counselor or therapist won't be biased, so they'll be able to see signs of disrespect for what they are. 

How does a husband show respect to his wife?

To show respect to your wife, show interest in her and allow her to make her own choices. Control is a sign that he doesn’t respect you, whereas allowing you to make your own choices is a sign that he does. If someone in a marriage or relationship tries to isolate you, it's a big sign that your partner or husband doesn’t love you or that he doesn’t respect you.

Why are people disrespectful?

Often, people are disrespectful due to poor self-esteem. When people show signs of disrespect toward others, they might be attempting to lift themselves up due to their own lack of confidence. 

How Do I Stop Disrespectful Behavior?

If you ever feel that your husband is being disrespectful but may not realize that he is doing so, it is important to talk about it. The same is true if you think that you see signs he doesn’t love you. If the disrespectful behavior is genuinely a mistake, a behavior change will occur. Disrespect should never be attributed to, “this is how I joke,” or “this is just who I am.” 

How Do You Treat Someone Who Disrespects You?

A disrespectful husband does not get to continue to disrespect you, and if you see warning signs that this relationship is unhealthy for you, you have every right to make an ultimatum or get out of the situation. Whether it's a disrespectful husband or a disrespectful boyfriend, there are times when you're not sure if you should stay or go. You will know what the best option for you is. Listen to your gut, and don’t ignore a bad sign if it shows up.

Why is respect important in a marriage?

If your husband or wife doesn't respect you, or if they lose respect, they are likely to show it through actions and words, and that is what impacts a marriage. If you look at the signs of disrespect covered on this webpage, you will see how much the level of respect in a marriage matters. 

Part of earning your husband or wife's respect is that they must be willing to give it. Remember, if your husband or wife doesn't respect you and they're dedicated to continue the disrespect for any reason, whether it's their own low self-esteem or something else, there is nothing you can do to make your husband or wife respect you more. 

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Feeling Disrespected In Relationships? 7 Signs Of Disrespect In Relationships

Disrespect in relationships is a sign of troubled relationships. If you’re feeling disrespected in relationships or marriage, you should know the 7 signs your partner doesn’t respect you.

Relationships that are based on mutual respect are usually healthy relationships. In this article, you’ll learn about the many forms of disrespect in a relationship and get tips for dealing with disrespect in a relationship.

People who grew up in a family or community where troubled relationships are seen as normal were usually not taught healthy ways to show respect to their partners and they have little idea of what it means to show respect to others.

In patriarchal communities and families, there is a great deal of disrespect in marriages, as men are rarely taught healthy ways to control their emotional outbursts, respect their partner’s opinions, or even treat them like human beings.

Disrespect in relationships can often be subtle and come from family or community conditioning. As one of our SHEROES members shares, “My partner respects me, but somewhere in his mind it is like he is a man and I am a woman. They feel that only men can earn money, women do not earn money.”

But outright disrespect in relationships and disrespect in marriages should never be tolerated, as troubled marriages often escalate into emotional and physical abuse that eventually affects a woman’s self-worth and self-esteem.

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7 Signs Of Disrespect In Relationships

If you’re facing the sort of disrespect in relationships that amounts to emotional abuse, there are ways to deal with it. But first, we’ll cover some examples of disrespect in a relationship.

So what are the signs of disrespect in a relationship? Here are 7 signs your partner doesn’t respect you.

1. They humiliate you

Does your partner constantly humiliate you in front of others? Do they put you down and make you feel ashamed of your opinions, your education, your skin colour, or the way you dress?

Once in a shopping mall, he told the seller, my wife is dark, so give her colours according to that. In front of our relatives he says, learn how to dress watching them. In every step, he degrades me.

Does your partner degrade you or humiliate you in other ways? If what your partner is doing is making you feel bad or uncomfortable in any way, this is a sign of disrespect.

Does your partner mock your decisions, feelings or opinions? If they constantly make fun of you – whether alone or in front of other people – this sort of behaviour is another sign of disrespect that you should not tolerate.

I am a simple girl. I ask him for regular dresses and pocket money that I return if I have extra money after spending. He doesn’t want me to have a job, but when I ask him for money, he tells me that I’m sitting at home happily and eating.

Although most Indians think nothing of body-shaming people for putting on weight or for looking a certain way, this behaviour is another sign of disrespect.

Whether it’s your relatives commenting on your weight gain or weight loss, or your partner telling you that your body is unattractive, this sort of disrespectful behaviour is not acceptable and not something you should tolerate.

2. They are “jokingly” abusive

Does your partner or friend try to get away by cracking mean or abusive jokes at your expense and then berate you for not having a sense of humour?

One of the signs of disrespect in friendship is when a friend of yours gives you a mean nickname and insists on calling you that name even when it makes you uncomfortable.

As this article says, adult narcissists tend to display these immature, childish tendencies, of lack of empathy for others, sadistic streaks, a cruel, immature sense of humour, and destructive tendencies.

Feeling Disrespected In Relationship

3. They try to control your life or restrict you

When a partner tries to control your life, by spying on you, reading your messages or texts, not allowing you to meet your friends or family, they are being disrespectful of your needs.

Jealous and insecure men often try to control their partners or restrict their freedom. Such controlling behaviour is not only abusive, it can often lead to actual physical violence.

My hubby is doubtful and insecure when I talk to or befriend other males. I have to justify every time I make a conversation with someone. I find it riles me up a lot. He doesn’t realize he is the one and only, despite my efforts to show/prove/both the undying love I have for him. Also, he is slightly chauvinistic, as he cannot cook or fix a broken button by himself. He thinks it is a women’s thing.

4. They take out their frustration on you

Does your partner make you the target of their bad moods? Are they unable to practice emotional self-regulation and calm themselves down? Do they feel it’s alright to shout or throw things around to make a point?

Taking out your frustration on another person is a sign of an emotionally stunted person. Such people lack the maturity to reflexively think about their thoughts, feelings and actions, and as a result, they often consider their behaviour normal and socially acceptable.

It’s also called the “Little Prince” Syndrome and many Indian men are emotionally stunted because they’re taught that other people exist to serve them and that their feelings matter more than those of their wives or children.

He comes home and takes out his work frustration on me, shouts at me and if I respond, he shouts even louder. I know also have the right to express my opinions but I don’t have the courage to do so and I suppress my feelings because when he’s angry he refuses to listen and breaks things.

Women often make excuses for disrespect in relationships, stating that their husband is stressed out by work or by other issues. But if you’re feeling, “My partner doesn’t respect me,” you’re probably right.

Every adult needs to learn emotional self-regulation skills so they don’t end up damaging their personal and professional relationships.

5. They ignore your opinions

Does your partner refuse to understand you or your needs, constantly ignore your opinions, and keep you out of important personal and family life decisions?

Disrespectful behaviour can include not respecting your opinion on anything, taking decisions without your consent, not listening to you or valuing your opinion.

When your partner doesn’t care about your wishes, dreams, likes, dislikes, these are some common signs of ignorance, in the sense, he or she doesn’t even try to understand you. He always shows stubborn behaviour and takes the relationship very lightly and wants to run the relationship on their own terms.

If you feel that what you say amounts to nothing, it is a sign of disrespect in relationships. You have the right to be consulted on anything that affects your personal or professional life.

I’ve noticed that many a time women come up with realistic solutions to many obstacles in life and when everyone else agrees to the women’s decision it will be her partner who speaks ill of the solution and comes up with some lame excuses as to why he doesn’t want to try it. That’s why I chose to tell my father-in-law and when he suggests the same solution, my partner will appreciate it. So it’s quite obvious.

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6. They undermine you

If your partner tells your kids to not take you seriously or actively works against your instructions to the kids, they are undermining you and your authority as a parent.

Whether you’re married or divorced, this sort of toxic co-parenting behaviour is disrespectful in relationships and should never be tolerated.

Does your partner speak ill of you to the other members of the family or to your friends and mutual acquaintances? What such people don’t realize is that their mean statements and gossip always comes back to the person they talked about.

7. They are violent and abusive

There are many types of domestic violence – verbal, sexual, emotional, physical, and financial – and all of them are signs of extreme disrespect in relationships.

To learn more about the types of domestic violence and how to deal with domestic violence in any form, read our article on how to find domestic violence counselling, advice and support in India.

Dealing With Disrespect In A Relationship

Now that you know about the things that are disrespectful in a relationship, you can understand what constitutes disrespectful behaviour and know the definition of disrespect in a relationship.

It is also disrespectful when someone makes an appointment or sets a time to meet with you and comes late, as being late is disrespectful, especially in the workplace.

Being disrespected in a relationship never feels good, but remember that you cannot change other people – you can only change how YOU respond to them.

You can’t change how people act, but what you can change is how YOU react. ~ Bonnie Hammer

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If your friend or partner is a narcissist, there’s not much you can do to change them. All you can do is change yourself, stop tolerating their disrespect, or leave the relationship altogether.

Not tolerating disrespect is a good thing and you can learn how to be assertive and firm when you respond to disrespectful behaviour.

Here are some words you can say to someone who is being disrespectful:

  • I will not let you disrespect me
  • I don’t tolerate disrespect
  • I refuse to be disrespected
  • I am not putting up with disrespect
  • I will no longer tolerate disrespect

If you’re feeling disrespected in a relationship or seeing these signs of disrespect in marriage, you can speak to a counsellor on the AskSHEROES free online counselling chat helpline for women. A professional counsellor can offer actionable advice on dealing with disrespect in a relationship.

I hope these examples of disrespect in marriage or relationships have helped raise your awareness of the signs your husband disrespects you or signs of a disrespectful boyfriend.

If your boyfriend disrespects you, you can always break up with him, but it’s harder to leave a marriage where you’re being disrespected or abused.

Also, keep in mind that it’s not only men who are disrespectful in relationships. As a man, you may see these signs of disrespect from your girlfriend or from a wife who disrespects her husband.

Whether you’re a woman or a man, disrespectful behaviour in a relationship is never acceptable and disrespectful behaviour in marriage should not be tolerated.

If you’re a woman whose being disrespected by your partner or feeling disrespected in marriage, you can talk to a counsellor online free in India and get professional advice for dealing with disrespect in relationships.

About the author:

Shakun Vijay is Head of SHEROES Helpline & Communities. She is a Counselling professional with 8+ years of experience. An Empath and patient listener without judgement, her intent is to help people process their thoughts and vent their pent up feelings and emotions. She currently heads the AskSHEROES free online counselling chat helpline, a chat-based support service.

She also heads SHEROES communities and ensures the empathy meter on the platform is high. A keen communicator and an extrovert, who loves to read and write fiction, travel and is an all-time foodie. Her belief and counselling philosophy is that a healer is not someone that you go to for healing using a magic wand, but someone who triggers within you your own ability to heal yourself.

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9 Signs Your Partner Doesn't Respect You Enough

While fun dates, a shared sense of humor, and lots of love will take you far, nothing's more important than having respect in a relationship. And knowing the signs your partner doesn't respect you can help you spot a problem before it spirals.

"Respect is an important component of every healthy relationship, yet it’s absolutely critical for the long-term success of a romantic relationship," Dr. Carla Marie Manly, a clinical psychologist, tells Bustle. "When a sense of solid respect is present, partners tend to feel more appreciated, seen, and safe in the relationship. When respect is not present, partners will tend to feel wary, angry, and deeply resentful."

Disrespect can take many forms, but it typically has the same outcome. Studies have shown that a lack of respect is one of the main predictors of a breakup. And while breaking up is often the best course of action when a partner is rude, disloyal, and uncaring, it may be possible to inspire positive improvements.

As Manly says, "This dynamic can be changed with conscious effort. Respect — like most key principles in relationships — is an attribute and a skill that can be honed with mindful attention." It might mean pointing out areas that need to change, going to couples therapy together, and — if you're willing — giving a partner a chance to change.

It's up to you what happens next. But experts say if you spot any of these signs, it's a sign your partner doesn't respect you, and that means the relationship needs work.


They Ignore Your Boundaries

Healthy relationships are all about establishing and respecting one another's boundaries. So if a partner repeatedly ignores or tramples all over yours, it's clear a "lack of respect is at work," Manly says.

What's more, boundary crossing can take many forms, and often gets worse over time. "Whether a partner borrows money and doesn’t return the funds, invades personal space, or engages in unwanted physical advances," Manly says, none of it should be taken lightly.


They Keep Lying To You

There's a reason why lying is a leading cause of breakups. As Manly says, "Dishonesty is one of the most disrespectful and destructive behaviors in any relationship." It shows your partner doesn't care about the impact their actions have on your life, and that they're only thinking about themselves.

Lying has no place in a respectful relationship, and yet it's something that's so easy to brush under the proverbial rug. "People tend to rationalize overt lying or errors of omission," Manly says, but "dishonest behaviors are indefensible — and always a sign of disrespect."


They Give You The Silent Treatment

While everyone's entitled to a breather when they're upset, take note if your partner consistently gives you the silent treatment whenever trouble arises in your relationship. Think shutting down, sulking in another room, or sending your calls to voicemail.

"The silent treatment functions to keep you in suspense of what will happen, and unsure of what you did wrong and how bad it is," Dr. Fran Walfish, a psychotherapist and author, tells Bustle. It also makes it impossible for you to share your side of the story, which is why it's considered a form of control.

In fact, this manipulation technique has a name — stonewalling — and according to research from Dr. John Gottman, often means end of a relationship is near because it's just so toxic.


They Use Your Insecurities Against You

In a relationship, you're supposed to feel safe enough to open up, share deep thoughts, and lean on your partner for comfort and support. So if yours ever takes the things you share and throws them back in your face — whether it's to hurt you, win an argument, etc. — consider it a major red flag.

"When a partner speaks down about you, or uses your insecurities and limitations to their advantage, [...[ these all are indications that your partner does not have enough respect for you," Josh Klapow, PhD, a clinical psychologist, tells Bustle.

If you spot this habit, it may be something you can work on overcoming as a couple. "Transgressions should be apologized for and corrected," Klapow says. But if your partner continues to disrespect you in this way, it may be best to end the relationship and move on.


They Call You Names

Speaking of arguments, take note of how your partner acts during them. "From screaming, name-calling, and [...] threats, verbal abuse is a significant sign of disrespect in a relationship," Manly says. "When we don’t pause to carefully consider and choose our words — and when we purposefully engage in damaging verbal attacks — disrespect is evident in the weaponization of words."

It might also show up in the form of "light-hearted" jokes that actually feel mean. "Mockery, misplaced humor, and sarcasm are subtle signs your partner disrespects you," QuaVaundra Perry, PhD, ABPP, a board-certified psychologist, tells Bustle. "While humor should be part of any healthy relationship, it should not be used to make light of your concerns."


They Always Interrupt When You're Talking

Does your partner consistently talk over you, interrupt your stories, speak for you, or finish your sentences? "When we cut off a person midstream, we are sending a message that says, 'What I have to say is more important than your thoughts. I don’t respect what you have to offer,'" Manly says.

It's not only rude, but it often points to deeper held beliefs, including thinking they're "superior" — which is obviously a problem. "As a general rule, respect means that our partner treats us in all situations as an equal," Klapow says. "That means being courteous, communicating clearly, and asking questions about our wishes and preferences, and treating us as they would themselves."


They Don't Value Your Time

If you're always the one changing your plans to accommodate your partner's, if your dreams are constantly put on hold in favor of theirs, or if your partner never seems interested in what or who is important to you, Perry says it's all a sign of disrespect. "This type of disregard is inappropriate," she says, "and signals your partner does not equally appreciate your values."


They Have Personal Habits That Are Inconsiderate

In a long-term relationship, it's totally normal to occasionally feel irritated by some of your partner's qualities or quirks — like the fact they chew with their mouth open. What's not normal is if their habits are purposefully inconsiderate, or if your partner refuses to communicate or compromise with you.

"Personal habits can become big issues between partners, particularly when one partner feels disrespected by the other's actions," Manly says. "Basic cleanliness and lifestyle habits, such as washing dishes, cleaning countertops, etc., can become highly problematic when one partner feels disrespected by the other person's lack of attentiveness."

So let's say you approach your partner about wanting to have a more fair and balanced relationship, maybe by divvying up these chores. If they repeatedly don't make an attempt to change, or actively do things to go against what you talked about, it's a sure sign of disrespect.


They Don't Allow You Privacy Or Independence

In a respectful, equal, and balanced relationship, both partners remain individuals who are free to make their own decisions, pursue their dreams, and go about their day. But if your partner doesn't respect you, it'll start to feel like none of that is an option.

"A partner can demonstrate disrespect if they do not allow you to have time to yourself and require you to explain any activities done without them," Perry says. "It can also show up in their snooping through your personal belongings, such as your mail or journal."

If you ever feel like your partner doesn't respect your privacy or independence — or if any of these other signs feel familiar — take an objective look at your relationship. Your partner may be able to make a change. But this might also be the push you need to move on.

Sources & Experts:

Dr. Fran Walfish, psychotherapist and author

Dr. Carla Marie Manly, clinical psychologist

Josh Klapow, PhD, clinical psychologist

QuaVaundra Perry, PhD, ABPP, board-certified psychologist


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