Signs Of Resentment In A Relationship

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Last Updated on September 1, 2023 by Lori Pace

An individual who harbors resentment in a relationship might feel victimized or experience anger or shame. It can be difficult to talk about anger or shame if they are intense. These emotions are nurtured and held indefinitely. Eventually, they become too strong and begin to express themselves in anger, disgust, or disappointment.

An unkind comment from a partner can lead to resentment and a lack of attention. Resentment could lead to conflict between partners and eventually cause separation when left unresolved

If you feel resentful and irritable over time, it can make it difficult to invest your time in the relationship. If you don’t feel fulfilled and happy, you may start to withdraw from your relationship. Even worse, you grow contempt in the relationship and it will slowly ruin your life. As you begin to distance yourself from your relationship, you start to reflect on it.

Here Are Some Signs Of Resentment In A Relationship

Unresolved Arguments 

Unresolved Arguments 

Your partner does not seem to notice that you are complaining. You complain to your partner and start finding faults with each other. There is an abundance of arguments, and they are not always resolved. You are left with many unresolved issues as the same arguments keep coming up. 

This eventually changes your outlook, and you will only notice the negative aspects of the relationship. Instead of dwelling on the problems, you focus on your partner’s strengths. Your partner becomes the problem, and your relationship becomes overwhelming.

Lack Of Attention Leads To Resentment In A Relationship

Infidelity in a relationship can manifest in many ways. You may begin to feel unheard and start to feel resentful towards your partner if you don’t feel heard. You may feel uncared for by your partner, leading to feelings of resentment. Perhaps your partner spends too much time on their phones or is always late. This could lead to feelings of insecurity and distrust, which can fuel resentment.

Overthinking The Bad Experiences

Overthinking The Bad Experiences
It’s good to reflect the situation but sometimes, don’t overthinking.

You find yourself thinking about something you have experienced or something said that shaped your feelings toward your partner. It is difficult to let go of the thoughts and feelings that you are experiencing emotionally.

Decreased Interest In Physical Intimacy

You start to lose interest in your partner and notice a decrease in your desire for intimacy. You don’t recall the last time you had sex with your partner. In an effort to avoid confrontation, you realize that your partner has been trying to avoid you. This is an indication that you are resentful.

Criticism Creates Resentment In A Relationship

Criticism means attacking the core of your partner’s character. To justify your partner’s behavior, you criticize their flaws. Criticism is usually only aiming at the partner and not the problem. It is also common to include “always” and “never” in the form of an attack. You could say, for example, “You’re so selfish and inconsiderate,” or “You ignore me always,” or “You’re never on time, and you’re so irresponsible.”

Criticism Creates Resentment In A Relationship


You may feel angry and need to hurt your partner when he/she hurts you. Intentionally doing things that make your partner angry or hurt can be a sign of anger. You do this to get attention from your partner.

Lori Pace
Lori Pace

Lori Pace is a single mother of three daughters ages 7 and under. As a working mom from home, she balances kids, work and two crazy dogs with humor and love. Follow Lori as she honestly gives tips and advice based on her own experiences as a single mom!