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Expectations in a Relationship

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Last updated Sep 17, 2022 | Published on Oct 15, 2019

Everyone has expectations in a relationship, including those seeking a life partner or who already have one. This applies to everyone on their first date, married, or in a long-distance relationship. This article will discuss realistic expectations in a relationship. 

Expectations in a relationship form the basis of whether or not the partnership works for you. Changing your mindset will help your relationship become happier, more robust, peaceful, and more productive in the long run. 

Challenges to expect in a relationship 

Challenges will come whether you are just dating or you are married. One common form of challenge to expect is conflict. 

Conflicts are inevitable in any relationship. Sometimes you and your partner may say horrible or unpleasant things to each other, which you will later regret.

It is important to remember; that no two humans are identical. We all have our positive and negative sides—ups and downs. 

Rather than avoiding all issues and disagreements, you might have the idealistic goal of learning how to settle them when they emerge.

Today, the entertainment industries feature the perfect couple, where a girl or a boy finds the ideal partner, and they live happily together ever after without any problems. 

This is not realistic as it has been depicted in such movies. The real world we live in is very different.

So for so many people today, when a marriage fails to live up to such standards, both mates may become disappointed because they thought they met a partner just like in the movies. 

When both partners recognize that no one is perfect, there may likely not be disappointments. Then they will be able to tolerate and work together to make the most out of the relationship. 

Read: The 10 Top Reasons Couples Lose the Spark

The unexpected in a relationship 

Today, many people expect their partners to be physically attractive, have the same goals as them, and like the same recreational activities. 

There is nothing wrong with wanting a partner with all these, but one thing to remember is that people change as time goes on, even if they meet all your expectations. 

The important thing is to expect the unexpected so that you don’t feel deeply disappointed in the end. It is good to have a realistic view of things. 

No matter how compatible you and your partner may be, you will not always agree on everything, like the same recreation activities and having the same priorities.

For a relationship to succeed, it requires more skill and effort to deal with the challenges and the unexpected. If friendship is like flying a kite, dating or marriage is like piloting a plane.  

Benefits to expect in a relationship 

There are many benefits partners can expect from each other in a relationship. It could be intimacy, companionship, and partnership. These include supporting one another in personal goals and dreams and encouraging and helping one another in times of stress. 

You can feel part of something bigger than yourself, a shared sense of meaning and purpose in life, and better physical health and communication. 

Read: How To Overcome Feelings Of Insecurity

Improve your relationship with these steps 

Work as a team

In successful relationships, working as a team is vital. You both work hard to know each other. You involve each other in planning for the future and how to improve the home. Knowing each other better will help you guys last through tough times or challenges together. 

As you and your mate get to know each other more and more, both can anticipate each other’s needs. You also know when your partner needs comfort and when they need to be left alone. 

Be sensitive to each other’s feelings

Being sensitive to your partner’s feelings helps you possess such high levels of empathy that you will feel these emotions to your very core. If your partner is sad, you’re distraught. If your partner is happy, you’re delighted. 

Being sensitive in your relationship makes you naturally compassionate and aware of your partner’s feelings. Also, it makes you supportive or loving when your partner needs it. 

You care very much about your partner’s well-being and want the best for them. 


Read: 10 Things Every Woman Wishes She Knew

Be fully committed

Commitment gives your relationship stability. You and your spouse will look for solutions instead of the nearest exit when the unanticipated occurs. 

To be fully committed means eliminating all temptations and distractions, like letting your mind wander too much on the opposite sex. 

Also, being fully committed to your partner involves satisfying their needs. This is achievable when you are:

  • A great listener
  • Always there when you are needed
  • Doing something kind
  • Expressing genuine interest in understanding your spouse’s point of view
  • Focusing on the things that matter most to both of you. 
  • Make sure your passions and enthusiasm get to come out
  • Patient with your spouse

Most important of all is love

Give your partner love and expect love from them. To be loved is important because you get to feel valued and appreciated. 

You get that unique or special feeling which makes you excited, smile, optimistic and productive. It is rewarding. 

Bottom Line

A relationship is supposed to be “give and take” and not one-sided. Total fairness and equality are expected in a relationship, or you may as well just quit. 


Many people take their partners for granted. That is not right. 

If you’re looking for a lasting relationship, there’s nothing wrong with having reasonable expectations. You might even find someone who meets all of them. 

Realistically, though, over time, people change, and so do circumstances. Remember this—not everyone is perfect. Some people take time to adjust, while some may take forever. It is better to make things clear from the onset with each other.

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By Martin Corden

Martin Corden is a certified relationship expert and a songwriter from Australia. He loves researching and writing. Martin loves finding new ways to improve and inspires others to be their best version and work together towards it. Martin has a wide range of intellectual and artistic interests.

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