Dating a girl with emotional baggage

For instance, if your partner's been cheated on (especially multiple times), that can lead to anxiety and trust issues between the two of you.Or if your partner is used to being with someone who's constantly critical or even disrespectful, he or she may harbor insecurities, like never feeling good enough or feeling like a failure, Chlipala says.

Some people may act in a certain way because of things that happened in their previous romantic relationships.

Identifying interaction patterns in your relationship could be the first step toward addressing any emotional baggage, according to Chlipala.

And even then, "(one person's) interpretations of what their partner does or says could be rooted in their baggage, and then the couple gets caught up in a no-win cycle," she says.

"You can ask your [partner] why their previous relationship didn’t work out.

Talking about exes and past relationships can give each person some basic information about what they’re sensitive too and possibly what they would need in their next relationship," she says.

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