It can be a common practice to compare your partner to that of someone else you know and can be particularly true if you are not satisfied with your relationship. Let’s say you selected a good partner and didn’t “settle” on just anyone to commit to, you need to remind yourself of just that. After the honeymoon, or several years of being together, it can be easy to forget what a terrific partner you have and start asking your partner why they can’t be more like “so and so”. While this can be common among couples, giving in to this kind of thinking can damage your relationship and here is why.
- Comparing can betray trust
- Comparing can make you both feel inferior
- It is easy to idealize someone you don’t know
- The novelty of getting to know someone you don’t know is temporary
- Comparisons are not fair or even comprehensive
If you find that you tend to compare your partner to someone else on a regular basis rather than acknowledging the positive and loving traits of your partner, it may be a signal to seek help and in doing so, you may be able to get your relationship to where it needs to be.