Being in love with the person you share a life with is completely normal, and you may even find that you and depend on them a lot.
But where do you draw the line between love and too much dependency? Love and dependency are two very different things. Romantic love is hard to describe, but generally it’s a secure feeling that grows between a pair as they commit to go through the ups and downs of life together. Emotional dependency is when someone relies entirely on others to be responsible for their feelings and self-worth.
If you are still unsure if your relationship is heading in a healthy direction or not, here are some signs you should look out for to see whether you are an emotionally dependent partner.
1. Your self-worth depends on their approval
One of the first few signs of emotional dependency is that you need your partner’s approval to feel assured of your self-worth. And that’s a dangerous path to go down on. If you rely entirely on their approval for your confidence and happiness, what will you do without them? And be careful, because it becomes too easy to lose your own identity – arguably what your partner fell in love with in the first place – when you no longer trust your own self-worth.