In a romantic relationship, it's important to develop self respect for yourself and to gain the same from your partner. Self respect is often lost in relationships, especially when couples start dating and become infatuated with each other. People who have lower levels of self-respect tend to put up with bad behavior out of fear or acceptance, which can lead to resentment and eventually the end of the relationship.
However, people who value themselves are more likely to stick around a long term partner who treats them respectfully because they're not afraid that every man or woman will take them for granted.
According to Psych Central, self-esteem in relationships is incredibly important, and the more you respect yourself, the more your partner will respect you.
The Importance of Self Respect in Romantic Relationships:
• If you don't feel self-respect, your partner is likely to take advantage of you. Children who have a parent who disrespects them or treats them badly are more likely to grow up with poor self-esteem and live unhappy lives. It's important to value yourself and not let your partner treat you like garbage in order for a happy relationship.
• If you have good self-esteem, you know what your needs are and should be able to communicate them to your partner in a way that they will be met. It's important that both of you feel like people in a relationship.
• A partner who is respectful and self-respectful will do as much as he or she can for you and not expect anything in return. People who feel good about themselves are likely to do the same for their partners.
• A person with self-respect is more likely to stay in a relationship and not cheat because they're committed to the person they're currently with. Not having respect for yourself doesn't make you likely to cheat, but it does make you more likely to stay in an unhappy situation.
• If you respect yourself, it's more likely that your partner will try harder to treat you well and work out problems so things won't end in a break up. If your partner respects himself/herself who has good self-esteem, he or she isn't going to abuse that.