Overcome Relationship Insecurity: discover the 6 signs you know its time to leave

Relationship Insecurity

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How do I know if my relationship is healthy? How can I overcome my insecurity? Is it time for me to leave my relationship? These are common questions you may ask yourself when you feel insecure in your relationship. 

Many different things can cause relationship insecurity. Often, it results from feeling abandoned, neglected, or not good enough at some point in your life. 

This article will cover the signs of relationship insecurity, potential causes, and ways to overcome feelings of insecurity within your relationship. 

Signs of insecurity in a relationship

Many signs indicate your relationship could be unhealthy, and you may feel insecure.

Common signs of an unhealthy relationship are:

  • your partner is emotionally distant
  • you lack trust in your relationship and have a hard time believing what your partner says or does
  • your significant other doesn’t want to be around you even though they previously had always wanted to spend time with you
  • your significant other is often upset or irritable
  • your partner often expresses jealousy or controlling behaviors
  • you constantly need reassurance from your partner
  • you frequently find yourself in arguments and fights
  • you have low self-esteem or lack of trust in yourself
  • you feel isolated or alone

Experiencing signs of relationship insecurity does not always mean your relationship is unhealthy; sometimes, you can feel insecure for reasons outside your relationship that can impact how you feel.

If the reason behind your feelings is not from the relationship itself, then understanding the roots of those feelings will be crucial to navigating and processing your insecurity.

Signs of insecurity

Causes of insecurity in relationships

Feeling insecure in your relationship can be caused by many different things, such as:

  • Childhood insecurities: If you do not meet your needs, develop a secure attachment style as a child. If you have an insecure attachment style, you may have a more challenging time trusting your partner, often fearing abandonment and neglect.
  • Relationship history: Past relationships or bad breakups might leave you feeling insecure about your current relationship, thinking history might repeat itself. It can be hard to let go of past hurts and move on from difficult things without fully processing your experiences.
  • Lack of self-esteem: These feelings can also be caused by a lack of self-esteem and feeling like you don’t measure up compared to others. 
  • Fear of being alone: If you have a fear of being single and think that there is no one else out there for you except your current partner, then it is likely to lead to feelings of insecurity in the relationship when your partner does not act how you would like them to.
  • Toxic relationships: Toxic relationships can also leave you feeling insecure because the way a poisonous partner treats you is likely how you think about yourself.

Ways to overcome insecurity in your relationship

If you are coping with insecurity in your relationship, there are ways to work through it and overcome it. 

  • Talk about your feelings: This is a huge one. Talk to your partner about what might be causing your insecurity, and be honest about your feelings. They may not even know that their actions or words are impacting you the way they are.
  • Get support: Getting outside help or advice from a trusted friend, family member, or Makin Wellness therapist can also help you overcome your insecurity. 
  • Challenge your thoughts: If you’re struggling with negative or irrational thoughts about yourself and your relationship, it can be helpful to challenge them. When you think these thoughts, ask yourself if they are accurate and whether there is evidence to back them up. 
  • Make time for yourself: Having some “you” time to maintain your sense of self and independence is essential. If you’re always focused on your relationship, it can be hard to remember that you are also an individual. Schedule some time each week for things that bring you joy.
  • Please focus on the good: Getting wrapped up in all the negative things happening in your relationship can be easy. Try to focus on the good, as well. Remind yourself of why you fell in love with your partner in the first place and what you like about them. This can help boost your confidence and overcome insecurity as they arise.

There is no one-size-fits-all answer when dealing with relationship insecurity; the best thing you can do is focus on any internal issues you might be dealing with and take steps to reduce their impact on you and your relationship.

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How to overcome relationship insecurity?

If you and your partner are willing to work through feelings of insecurity, here are some tips to help you along the way:

  • Set boundaries for your relationship: It’s essential to establish clear communication about what you are comfortable with regarding physical touch, spending time together, and general communication.
  • Prioritize alone time: Make sure each partner has enough space away from the other. This will help maintain a healthy sense of individuality while feeling secure around one another!
  • Identify what triggers you: If certain things always make you feel insecure, try to identify them. This can help you know what to avoid or how to deal with your feelings when they arise.
  • Talk about your fears: Talk to your partner about it if you’re feeling scared or anxious. It might help to see their reaction and know they support you.
  • Don’t bottle up your feelings: This will only lead to more resentment and frustration. Expressing emotions is healthy, so maintain honesty with your partner about your feelings.
  • Talk about what’s going on in your relationship: Communicating wants, needs, and the current state of your relationship will help you and your partner feel closer.
  • Be positive: Focusing on the good things in your relationship can be really helpful, rather than only the negative ones you see. Remember that sometimes, when you focus on the imperfect parts of your relationship, it can overshadow all of the good, which can cause avoidable issues.

Should I break up with my partner?

If you’re feeling insecure in your relationship and none of the tips listed above are helping, it is time to reconsider your relationship status. If you constantly feel anxious or down because of your partner, it’s likely not a healthy relationship for you, and it’s time to focus on yourself. 

Other signs that it might be time to break up with someone include:

  • they put you down or make fun of you in front of others.
  • you’re uncomfortable enough to talk to them about the things bothering you.
  • they don’t seem interested in working on your relationship.
  • they make you feel like your concerns aren’t valid or essential.
  • they don’t respect your time or personal space.
  • you don’t feel like yourself when you’re around them.
  • you’ve noticed signs of emotional abuse, such as gaslighting or invalidation.

If any of these signs sound familiar, it might be time to break up with someone who makes you feel insecure and find someone more supportive. It’s always challenging to decide to end a relationship. This might be your best choice if the negatives outweigh the benefits (and there are no signs of improvement).

If your partner is causing insecurity in your relationship through their actions, it’s essential to take a step back and reevaluate. If they are unwilling to work with you when you express feelings of anxiety or fear, it might be time to end things.

Need more help with feeling insecure?

It’s understandable that trying to navigate these feelings can be challenging. If you are ready to tackle your relationship insecurity, a Makin Wellness therapist can guide you through understanding why you are experiencing this and how to ease your symptoms. 

At Makin Wellness, we offer therapy and counseling services to get you on the right path to healing. Make an appointment or call us at (833)-274-heal to be matched with a specialized therapist today.

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This Post Has 17 Comments

  1. Linda

    I had my bf fb detail and I see he chatting with others girls..sometime he neglect me…and he’s out of the country…..and of recent he change his password ….sine then…my insecurities are high..What should I do

    1. Makinwellness

      Hi Linda, thanks for sharing your story. We understand how you feel. We’ve felt that way before and found that therapy goes a long way in moving toward healing. Contact our Makin Wellness team today as we’d love to help you develop a plan to work through this.

      1. Edz

        My partner is a very secured and confident person , since im so afraid of losing her im desperate to agree everything she says and and im so afraid to be alone. I love her so much im a member of LGBTq

  2. Twos company

    Relationship insecurity can be a significant issue for many couples, but this post provides practical tips to help you build a stronger, more secure relationship. It provides insights into the root causes of insecurity and ways to overcome it.

  3. Howard Bing

    Remember, you deserve to be loved, respected, and treated kindly.

    1. Timothy

      I feel like the male friends she has is coming for my spot and I fear there is nothing I can do to get things back the way they were

  4. Gaby

    My fiancé and I are currently having issues in our relationship. Mostly me feeling insecure about a current interaction with his female colleagues. I stopped by his work I was going to surprise him since I was in the area where he works. I spotted him with one of his coworkers so I kind of stayed close but he didn’t notice I was there. His coworker suddenly got close and started touching him. He didn’t say anything to his coworker or put a stop to it. It opened my eyes so an environment I didn’t even think existed in our relationship. My insecurities started from this point on. I have sat with him and shared the incident with him. All he said was he didn’t find nothing wrong with what had just happened. What should I do in this case when his response was uncertain to me?

    1. Makinwellness

      I’m sorry you’re experiencing feelings of insecurity within your relationship. We all have boundaries and things that make us feel uncomfortable – which is normal. This seems like a very difficult situation for you, and it might be worthwhile to speak to a counselor, either by yourself or together as a couple to help with the feelings of insecurity but also to help your partner to understand what is bothering you.

  5. Cynthia

    My bf and I have been together for two years and life has gotten more busier and reality has hit but we still try to stick together though we are long distanced cause he’s been sick and going in and out of this hospital and I have been understanding even though it’s hard but it has caused him to be depressed and ask for space but he still comes back to me but I have serious relationship insecurities now cause he is so laid back with me,he does not compliment me but like other girls pictures on sm and he also finds it difficult to apologize sometimes…he is a sweet person and gifts me thoughtfully too but the changes are taking a toil on me as I want things as before but we’ve grown now..he is more reserved than I am and doesn’t always talk about his feelings as much as I do as a woman I know he loves me but my insecurities are over the top cause he is so unbothered about this little concerns of mine and says I’m not emotionally matured please what do I do now

    1. Makinwellness

      I am so sorry you are experiencing some relationship insecurity, Cynthia. Remember that, although you love someone, it is important to communicate your needs and boundaries. Someone who loves you will understand what you are asking for and work toward fulfilling those needs and desires while respecting your personal boundaries. You do not need to accept behavior that continually hurts, makes you feel like you aren’t enough, or as if you are not worth their effort.

      If this has been going on for a long time, take time to yourself to determine what type of relationship you want, what is it you need in your relationship, and anything you think you should work on within yourself to create a healthy relationship dynamic.

      You may also benefit from talking to a counselor since you mentioned these issues have been going on for a long time. A counselor can greatly help you to understand where the roots of relationship insecurity are coming from, how to change those thought patterns to healthier one, and define what a healthy relationship looks like to you. I hope you find relieve soon!

  6. Robert Parkhurst

    What a delightful and engaging conversation! Thanks for sharing such an insightful perspective.

  7. Renaldo


    I have been feeling insecure about my wife and her actions at times. Shes an extremely friendly person. She touches other men, not with bad intentions, when she greets them. Sometimes she even kisses them. When we are out, it can be anywhere, she always notices other attractive men looks at them and makes eye contact with them. i know i might not be the only attractive man out there, but she tells me that she only sees me… and its hard to believe. When she speaks to other men, shes obviously very friendly. that is cool, but Sometimes men might think its okay to flirt with her. She tells me that she knows how to deal with that. I just want to be able to feel comfortable when she goes out with friends, but i dont. Please help.

    1. Makinwellness

      Hi Renaldo,

      It seems like you may be experiencing jealously and insecurities that are affecting your relationship. Trusting your partner to honor your commitment, especially in marriage, is an indication of a strong relationship, but you seem to be having a hard time trusting your wife when she says she can handle if men are overly-friendly towards her. These feelings or insecurities have more to do with how you feel about yourself than to do with your wife, her actions, or if men think it’s ok to flirt with her.

      It may be helpful to find a counselor to work through the root of these thought patterns and learn ways to cope with these feelings. This can create a safe space to express how you feel and your worries without causing strain on your relationship. Give us a call at (833)-274-heal to find a counselor that can help you find relief.

  8. Lezandeah

    I need help with my insecurities it’s ruining my relationship

    1. Makinwellness

      Experiencing insecurities within a relationship can be overwhelming. You may greatly benefit from a counselor and personalized plan to tackle the root causes of your insecurities, while gaining coping skills to help you through them without jeopardizing your relationship. Give us a call at (833)-274-heal to get started on finding relief from your insecurities.

  9. Timothy

    What if I’m just too afraid to talk about my insecurities with her. Like I fear she wont respect my feelings and make me seem silly when I know something aint right

    1. Makinwellness

      The fears about sharing vulnerable feelings with your partner can absolutely feel overwhelming. In order for your feelings to change you may need to either find courage to talk to your partner or talk to a counselor. A counselor can help you dissect why you feel the way you do, ways you can cope and overcome those feelings, and learn how to comfortably communicate with your partner. Remember not to bottle up how you feel and to find someone you trust to talk to about these hard topics.

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