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Entitlement




Being in a relationship with an entitled partner can be incredibly challenging. Entitlement often creates a one-sided dynamic in which the partner expects special treatment without giving anything in return.

 

I had the privilege of talking to a couple suffering from this sense of entitlement.

 

Rhonda and Ralph's marriage was strained due to Ralph's entitlement. Pampered as a child, he expected Rhonda to handle everything at home. Frustrated, Rhonda confronted him, stating she could no longer continue the relationship. Ralph repeated that he works hard and does his part. Rhonda sighed; her eyes filled with frustration. "It's not just about money, Ralph. It's about respect, partnership, and sharing the load. I need you to be involved, to see me as an equal." Rhonda, finally at her wit's end, let Ralph know something needed to change, or she was leaving.

 

Realizing the depth of the issue, Ralph sought help. After a lot of hard work and reflection, he realized that his upbringing had shaped his expectations, which made him depend on Rhonda for catering to his needs, finances, and housework.

 

Change didn't happen overnight; it took effort from both. Rhonda found her strong voice and refused poor treatment, while Ralph learned to let go of his entitlement and became a better listener. Their journey showed that love is about daily actions and mutual respect, proving even deep-seated issues can be resolved with commitment and understanding.

 

Dealing with an entitled partner is mentally and emotionally exhausting. Meeting their constant demands without appreciation or support can lead to burnout. Here are some common issues you might face:

 

  • Imbalance of Effort

  • Lack of Appreciation

  • Constant Criticism

  • Emotional Manipulation

  • Isolation from Support Systems

  • Mental and Emotional Exhaustion


Healthy relationships thrive on compromise and mutual respect. However, an entitled partner often resists compromising because they believe their needs should come first.

 

Entitlement is another of the most difficult blind spots to acknowledge and overcome.

 

How about you? Could entitlement be negatively impacting your relationship?

 

Watch for the blind spots.



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