Forcing a Relationship? Here Are The Signs and How to Stop

Jacqueline Atulip
4 min readOct 15, 2023

Not all relationships are built on a solid foundation, and some may require more effort to maintain than others. However, there is a big difference between nurturing a healthy connection and forcing a relationship that might not be meant to be. Here are the signs that you might be forcing a relationship and what you need to stop doing it.

Signs You Are Forcing a Relationship

  1. Constant Second-Guessing

One of the most common signs of forcing a relationship is a perpetual feeling of doubt. If you find yourself questioning your compatibility, feelings, or the future of your relationship regularly, it may indicate that the relationship is not as natural as it should be.

2. Ignoring Red Flags

If you’re aware of certain issues or incompatibilities but choose to ignore them, you might be forcing the relationship. These red flags can include differences in core values, communication problems, or a lack of trust. Keep in mind, these do no just go away on their own if not dealt with.

3. Overthinking and Overanalyzing

Constantly analyzing your partner’s behavior or your own in search of issues can be a sign of overcompensation. Healthy relationships should flow naturally without excessive analysis.

4. Feeling Obligated

If you feel obligated to stay in the relationship due to external pressures, like societal expectations, family, or even financial reasons, it might lead to forcing a connection that’s not right for you.

5. Changing Yourself

Altering your values, interests, or personality to better align with your partner’s preferences is a strong indicator of forcing the relationship. A healthy partnership should embrace your individuality.

6. Lack of Emotional Intimacy

Emotional intimacy is essential for any healthy relationship. If you find yourself emotionally distant or unable to connect with your partner on a deep level, it may be a sign that you’re forcing something that simply doesn’t come naturally.

How to Stop Forcing a Relationship

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Jacqueline Atulip

I write about love, dating, sex, and relationships. Helping you to manifest your best love life. Follow me: @jacquelineatulip | www.jacquelineatulip.com