25 Relationship Lessons That People Learned The Hard Way

Published 3 weeks ago

In the vast expanse of the internet, few platforms rival Reddit in its ability to bring together diverse voices and experiences. From sharing anecdotes to seeking advice, Reddit offers a glimpse into the collective wisdom of its users, often revealing profound insights hidden within the everyday.

Recently, a simple yet profound question surfaced on the popular subreddit r/AskReddit: “What was your simple common mistake that entirely ruined your relationship?” The responses poured in, each offering a poignant reminder of the delicate balance required to nurture and sustain meaningful connections. Here are some of the most compelling answers.

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Having to be right about everything.


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Telling my friends about all of our fights.


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Taking her for granted.


Constantly asking for bare minimum. You feel like s**t for asking, they feel s**t because they feel that you’re nagging them. The cba attitude is really unattractive and it ain’t your person. Just walk away and have peace for yourself.

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In my last relationship, I was with someone who had an addiction. Since I had tried light d***s before, the whole relationship brought me down. When I got out of that relationship and met someone new who was super nice and decent, I messed things up by telling him about my past d**g use upfront. He made it clear that he didn’t approve of it. I told him I would stop and that I wouldn’t let something silly like that ruin a good relationship. After 3 months of being together, he wanted some space to figure out how to proceed because of his stressful job, frequent travel, and recent divorce. I gave him the space, but then I slipped back into d**g use myself. Long story short: I lost a great man because of d***s.


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Staying quiet waiting for the appropriate time to communicate.

Created an unneeded stressful environment that could have been avoided by just talking it through immediately.

Thought I was doing the right thing by waiting for a better time.


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Not saying sorry here and there.


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Getting too comfortable with doing the bare minimum. Take her on dates and buy her flowers before you wish you could again.


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Took a nap one day, she thought I was cheating . Big blowup argument I found out she was cheating on me.


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He told us we shouldn’t talk to our individual friends about our relationship issues because they’ll “always take our side”. 3 days before our breakup he talked to 2 friends about our relationship issues and yes, they took his side. Meanwhile I’d been telling my friends everything was fine with us when it wasn’t, and looking back if I had spoken to friends about it I would’ve had the strength to break things off a lot sooner.


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I installed the towel rail unevenly.


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Told her the truth about me being bi, and she always held it against me. But my daughter came out as pan and she didn’t bat an eye.


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Accommodation to avoid any conflict. At the time I was working through a lot of childhood trauma and I didn’t know better, now I do. I lost my identity trying endlessly to please him so he wouldn’t abandon me, but he was going to do that anyway. You can’t and shouldn’t have to earn love from people, and them betraying and disrespecting you is a cue to exit, not a sign to “try harder.”.


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She expected me to know why she was mad at me without communicating to me AT ALL about what was bothering her. I’m completely open to correcting reasonable things that bother a partner, but I can’t do that if you don’t tell me what it is. I broke up with her after she was all pissy and telling me I should know exactly why she’s mad for TWO DAYS. Eventually she relented and told me she was mad that I watched a new episode of a show we normally watched together. Which, granted, I did do. But that was the final straw in the no communication issues we had.


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Not immidiately stopping the wedding when he said “Once we’re married, the mask comes off.” I stupidly assumed it was a joke.


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Oversharing. I know that with your partner you should be able to talk about everything. But sometimes I should kept my mouth shut.


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Focusing on all of the things they aren’t giving you instead all of the things they do give you. (I’m in a happy marriage, but I did used to do this. I became happier and our marriage became stronger when I stopped).


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Lack of communication, he never told me about what he thought or how he feels about our relationship. Those feelings just compounded over time until he ultimately called it quits.

I wish he talked to me, we could’ve figured it out together. I was always in the dark and didn’t even see the break up coming. Hurts, but I think it was just meant to be.

Communicate with your partner, be transparent. Helps both parties.


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Doing too f*****g much, and getting *nothing* in return.

I did this grown mand laundry, I cooked, I cleaned, I bathed the animals, he did f**k all except cheat on me.

When I asked why he didn’t leave because, clearly, he didn’t love me. He said “I just loved having someone to come home to.

Now in happily married and we just had our daughter. He still stalks me on social media, I’m sure because he had a million burner accounts and I couldn’t possibly remember the names for all of them to block them.


I was a “if they want me to know, they’ll tell me” person married to a “if they care about me, they’d ask” person.

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She kept fallin onto other dudes dongs, I hate it when that happens.


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Assuming they’d do something that they said they would. Honestly, that’s my bad.


I’ve tanked a lot of relationships by thinking everything needed to be fixed. I almost did it in the one I’m in. He’s in a bad mood, he’s being snappy with me, we need to fix this, I need to sit down and have a heart to heart, I need to COMMUNICATE that he’s hurting my feelings right now. I’m overly therapised and really thought this was the best way to handle everything.

My current SO and I went through a lot of therapy apart and together ironically to work on this because, with him, this is what happens. He gets angry and stews and stews and will never bring the thing up to me until I coax it out of him. The suggested way to handle this was, surprisingly, less communication.

I feel like we’re in a better place when he can be acting like a total reactive jerk and instead of being like “have I upset you? I must have because you’re treating me really weirdly and you’re in an awful mood. I just want to get to the bottom of this!!” I can be like “You’re vibe is positively a*s, you need to take a nap or something. If I did something to upset you that’s making you act like this I’ll be open to talk about it later today, but right now I think we’re both just annoyed. I’m gonna go do the rest of my day alone, I hope you feel better.”

Then I get home and it’s 50/50 “yeah I’m sorry, you did this thing last week that really upset me and I’ve taken time to think about how I want to address it calmly” and “Yeah I have no idea what that was about, I think I didn’t get enough breakfast and it made me moody. I’m glad you had a good day after that!” but either way we’re both totally calm by the time we talk about it.

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Trying to communicate with someone who couldn’t receive or recognize healthy communication, and then not ending things as soon as he turned resentful and cold towards me, but foolishly thinking that somehow we could communicate as to why he was suddenly treating me poorly. Even if you create a safe space for communication, if the other person isn’t willing to do so, it’s pointless. It’s silly now to think that “I ruined the relationship” for being open and transparent.


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We had a baby we were both unprepared for.

Saumya Ratan

Saumya is an explorer of all things beautiful, quirky, and heartwarming. With her knack for art, design, photography, fun trivia, and internet humor, she takes you on a journey through the lighter side of pop culture.

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