Causes of relationship issues tend to stem from a lack of communication or when one person is afraid of being honest. When one person doesn’t ask for support or the kind of love they need to feel fulfilled, this spirals and affects both people.
Relationship problems may also be caused by an imbalance of power, meaning one person attempts to control the other. This can manifest more subtly or with outright verbal or physical abuse. This threatens the other person and negatively impacts their self-esteem.
Further, childhood problems, such as lack of a nurturing home environment, parents with mental illnesses or substance issues, violation of boundaries, or witnessing parental conflict, can impact a person into adulthood. These problems can affect current relationships and can manifest as repetitive negative relationship patterns such as aggression, unwillingness to compromise, or more frequent arguments.