That’s Why Relationships Fall Apart

You (or Your Partner) Withdraw During Arguments

“Withdrawal is the most problematic for relationships,” Keith Sanford, Ph.D., a psychology professor at Baylor University, told Science Daily. In his research, Sanford found that partners who admitted that they withdrew often during arguments reported being unhappier and more apathetic about the relationship overall.

“It’s a defense tactic that people use when they feel they are being attacked, and there’s a direct association between withdrawal and lower satisfaction overall with the relationship,” Sanford said.

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