12 Common Types Of Relationships You Might Be Experiencing


Today, we will learn about the different types of relationship that you might be affected of, and about be diving into.

People may use the term “relationship” in a variety of ways. Usually, what they mean is a romantic connection with someone when using this term. However, this term encompasses a broad range of human connections and interactions. A relationship can be romantic, professional, familial, or acquaintance. They can be positive, negative, loving, or neutral.

Every person may have different connotations of the word “relationship “, but all would agree that it is mainly used to point toward romantic associations. Romantic relationships can also take many forms such as dating, marriage, monogamy, or ethical nonmonogamy. 

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Types Of Relationship

Following are some of the types of relationships we see around us:

● Family relationships

● Friendships

● Romantic or sexual relationships

● Work relationships

● Acquaintances

● Location-based relationships like neighbors and room-mates

● Teacher-student relationships

● Enmity relationships

● Community relationships 

Describing this single term “relationship” would need a separate book to fully understand it. However, in this article, we will briefly go through the 13 main types of romantic relationships. It will serve as a guide for you to interpret relationships around you with more clarity. 

What Is The ENM Relationship? 

ENM stands for Ethical Non-Monogamy in which both partners consent to have romantic or sexual relationships outside of their bonding. It comes in various forms in which a single person or both can have romantic relationships with other consenting partners. 

Some people say ENM results because the person is dissatisfied with the current relationship but that is not the case always. Research shows that people in ENM relationships also enjoy the same level of relationship satisfaction as in monogamous relationships. 

ENM relationships were not practiced commonly but their popularity has increased in recent years. People have been involved in diverse ways in ENM relationships. This calls for a proper study and research regarding this type of relationship and its consequences.

ENM vs Cheating 

ENM relationships don’t come in the category of cheating. As in the former case, both partners consent about the kind of romantic relationship their partner will have with others. In cheating, however, one usually hides his romantic relationships outside the current association and faces feelings of guilt and regret, as a result. Consent is what sets ENM relationships apart from other forms of non-monogamy relationships.

 Signs Of ENM Relationship Suit You

According to a survey of 1300 Millenials, 1 out of 3 people wanted an ENM relationship. The ratio of millennials approving ENM relationships is more than the earlier generations like baby boomers and gen X.

Need extensive support network

If you feel that you don’t want to depend on only one person for emotional or physical support and appreciate a broader support network, then ethical non-monogamy is the practice you should adopt with a full heart.

Crave more romantic relationships

If the idea of having more than one romantic partner excites you, then ENM may be the right relationship type for you. You feel that having more romantic relationships is a richer and more joyful experience because you receive something unique from each partner which results in more emotional satisfaction. 

Get bored easily 

If you have started feeling boredom in the bedroom with your partner, it is not unusual. You may have tried different things to add some adventure to your sexual life but still, feel the missing part in the whole puzzle. You may need more emotional or sexual pleasure to remove this boredom. In such a case, the ENM relationship may be the thing you were missing. 

Commitment issue 

It’s not that you want to avoid commitment altogether but if the thought of living your life with just a single person and involving him in every major decision of your life scares you, then consensual non-monogamy is the thing you need. 

No jealousy issues 

If you are one of those people who don’t feel jealous by the thought of sharing your partner with someone else emotionally or sexually, then polyamory may be perfect for you. It doesn’t create a sense of possessiveness and insecurity among you that you will be replaced by a better person. Rather, you are secure with your position in your partner’s life.

 No issue with sharing 

Sharing their partner is a fact that disturbs most people. But as a different individual, you feel that sharing is ok. You don’t get upset by the fact that you will need to share your personal space and time with someone else. In such a case, an ENM relationship might be perfect for you. 

You value independence 

If the idea of spending your whole life with only one partner scares you, then monogamy may not be a fit for you. If you have young children then having an ENM relationship may not be feasible. However, if you are single you can easily navigate the diverse realm of non-monogamy relationships to avoid commitment to only one person. 

ENM relationship vs polyamory 

Polyamory is a sub-category of ENM relationships so we can say that all polyamory relationships fall under the ENM category while all ENM relationships are not polyamory in nature.

What Is A Monogamous Relationship? 

Since we are born, we are taught the concept of monogamy as the only type of relationship there exists. We grow up, fall in love with a person and marry him/her to live our whole life together. But in reality, this is not the case. 

But before digging into the term ‘monogamy’, we should be clear about its definition. Monogamy means having a romantic, emotional or sexual relationship with only one person at a time.

The majority of the world population is monogamous by nature and prefers to stay with one person at a time. However, in the western world, many other forms of relationships started emerging in recent years challenging the very fabric of monogamous bonding. 

Monogamous couples share romantic and sexual intimacy exclusive to their bonding. They do not share this bond with someone outside their couple.

Historically, people have been involved in polygamy, the opposite of monogamy, where a person can marry more than one partner, and polygyny is it’s the most commonly widespread approach. Research says that forming exclusively monogamous relationships is a recent development. However, as the 21st century arrived, many sorts of non-monogamous relationships started arising on the horizon. 

Monogamy has been accepted as the default approach to conducting romantic relationships. From meeting someone to dating, to confessing your love and getting married, monogamy is considered the primary approach to forming relationships.

Signs that monogamy isn’t suitable for you:

You have cheated on your partner previously

It’s not necessary that cheating is done as a result of malicious intent. Sometimes, you end up cheating due to various reasons that need your attention. Maybe your needs are not met properly by your partner, or you may be inclined towards having a casual sexual encounter to fulfilling your desires or you felt something was missing in your relationship. If you have ever cheated it’s a high sign that you should embrace non-monogamous relationships instead of strict monogamy.

A series of monogamy relationships

If you have ended a relationship to form another one and try new things, it’s a sign that monogamy isn’t for you. As we are taught that being a monogamous person we cannot have more than one partner at a time we tend to break up before forming a new relationship. It is not an essential practice when we follow ENM relationships. It’s recommended that you explore ENM options for you to experience a more satisfying life.

You have felt that a single partner cannot fulfill all your desires

If you feel that a single person cannot meet all of your requirements and needs, it’s pretty natural. No one is perfect enough to address all your needs. You have the right to explore new options in relationships and find out what works best for you. The feeling of lack is enough in itself to confirm that monogamy isn’t for you.

You feel the desire to have more than one sexual or romantic relationships

One objection to this kind of relationship practice in which we involve in multiple affairs at one time, is that if our partner gets better sexual satisfaction with another person, won’t he leave? The answer is ‘No’. if a partner is with you just for the sake of sexual pleasure and your genitals, then this is a point of severe concern.  If you desire to have multiple sexual encounters, monogamy is not for you. Instead, you can practice ENM to meet all your needs and explore your sexual side more effectively.

You want to explore a relationship more openly:

If you feel instant chemistry with someone on the first meeting and wonder how it would have been romantically or emotionally, you are set up for non-monogamy. You should communicate with your partner about your desires and safely practice ENM instead of falling prey to cheating and deceptive behavior.

Monogamy vs Polyamory

Monogamy is a romantic relationship with a single person while polyamory involved having open-end relationships with multiple people. Polyamory is different from polygamy in the sense that it doesn’t involve formal commitment like marriage but consists of open romantic relationships with various people.

What is an open relationship:

An open relationship is a setting in which two people are not exclusively involved with one another and have relationships outside their primary relationship.

An open relationship is also known as a non-monogamous relationship. It exists in different forms as polyamory, polygamy, or relationship anarchy. Diverse types of relationship patterns are present in open relationships depending on the taste and inclinations of the parties involved.

Provided familial and religious beliefs, talking about your interest in open relationships may be quite challenging at first. You may face a defensive and jealous response from your partner but tackle it with patience. No need to rush and pressurize your partner.

There is a high possibility that your partner may not take interest in open relationships but you can put forward this idea. Eventually, if he agrees to get involved in an open association, you both can decide on the rules and come to a set agreement.

Both parties must agree on an open relationship thing. They should discuss in advance their insecurities and concerns to avoid any fuss later on.

Open relationships are somewhat in the middle of polyamory and swinging. In an open relationship, you do not fall into a long-term commitment with other people but keep them only in the sexual hemisphere. This is the significant factor that separates it from polyamory relationships.

Signs that an open relationship is suitable for you:

Sensation-seeking nature

If you seek sensual sensation, chances are you will get bored easily in monogamous relationships. You will feel an intense need to experiment with new relationships to achieve a heightened sense of excitement. A sensation-seeking person isn’t easily excited and needs more stimuli to trigger an influx of dopamine which is responsible for feelings of pleasure and excitement.

Open communication regarding intimacy

If you shy away from the topic of intimacy, an open relationship may not be for you. For a person to enjoy open relationships, it is essential that he can open up about his desires and needs in sexual areas. For open relationships to work, open talk about your sexual needs is important. You will need to set up some boundaries for conducting romantic relationships with multiple partners.

The distinction between emotional and sexual feelings

If you can distinguish between sexual and emotional satisfaction, you are more likely to survive well in open relationships. For a monogamous person, finding emotional as well as sexual satisfaction from a single person is a necessity. While on the other hand, a person indulged in an open relationship can seek emotional support and sexual pleasure from different partners.

You don’t feel jealous easily

If you are the kind of person who doesn’t feel jealous when your partner flirts with a 3rd person and even becomes intimate outside your primary relationship, you may be suitable for open relationships. However, if you get jealous easily, you should be very careful indulging in any open relationship setting as it may be upsetting for you to tackle the feelings of jealousy.

Comfortable with uncertainty

There are no predefined rules for acting in an open relationship unless you are willing to experiment yourself. You will need to navigate through some uncertainty and find out what works best for you. In some open relationships, a couple doesn’t discuss anything about their outside affair while in others everything is discussed by both sides to maintain integrity and trust in the relationship.

Open relationship vs polyamory

Many people use these terms interchangeably, but there are clear differences between them apart from some overlapping traits.

Polyamory involves having emotional or loving relationships with multiple people but there is no extra weightage to some specific person. All persons hold equal value.

On the other hand, in an open relationship, you are emotionally invested in one person only but can occasionally have sexual interactions outside your primary relationship. This fact makes open relationships unique from polyamory relationships.

What is a romantic relationship?

A romantic relationship is an intimate relationship that involves emotional and physical intimacy between two partners. It comprises ongoing and voluntary interaction with another person with some level of commitment. The expression of some level of physical intimacy and love is a must for a relationship to be called romantic. However sexual interaction is not necessary in a romantic relationship but is a by-product in the majority of cases.

Some factors are needed for a romantic relationship to be successful such as honesty, trust, open communication, and compromise. In the traditional sense, a marriage is a romantic relationship that involves compromise and mutual understanding from both partners. However, as society had evolved a variety of romantic relationships have come into existence.

 There are 6 types of romantic relationships based on research of thousands of men and women.


The most common type of romantic relationship is dating in which two people date to understand one another more deeply. People date to see if there is potential for a long-term relationship with the other person. It allows them plenty of time to know the other person in a better way

 There is no serious commitment between both partners. In case two persons are hanging out without long-term commitment it is known as casual dating.

Dating can mean different for different people. Some people prefer dating after some level of pre-defined commitment and others just use it as a way to explore what works best for them.

 Serious committed relationship

In such relationships, people have decided to spend time together for a longer time. They use the terms girl friend, boyfriend, spouse, or life partner to denote seriousness in their association. In a traditional setting, marriage is a form of committed relationship which is celebrated all over the world in all religions. However, one can also be engaged or in the dating phase and still be serious about the status of their relationship.

Mostly, this type of relationship is monogamous with a level of sexual and romantic exclusivity among both partners.

Casual dating

In a casual relationship, two people do like each other and are attracted to one another but there is no serious intention to carry on the relationship for a longer term. They indulge in romantic and sexual activities but there is no emotional bonding and deep connection.

In such casual relationships, people don’t use the terms like girlfriend and boyfriend to identify themselves. Such relationships can be monogamous or non-monogamous depending on the choice of the partners involved.

 Such casual dating is usually short-term and situational where two people are attracted to one another and swept away in their desire to enjoy some level of intimacy.

 Causal sex

It’s the kind of relationship in which two people see one another for only sex. They may do it regularly or may do sex and never see one another ever again. They are not interested in being involved in a romantic or emotional connection with the other person. There is no long-term commitment. It’s a kind of situation that can be related to friends with benefits. As there is no romantic or emotional intensity in it.

Ethical non-monogamy

As discussed earlier in this article, ethical non-monogamy is a kind of relationship in which partners have multiple romantic or sexual partners and they do it with the consent of their partner.

Signs you are being exploited in a romantic relationship:

It is hard to believe that you are being exploited in a romantic relationship. Especially when you love the other person. Before you even realize this is happening, you are already the victim.

Exploitation means to use someone for your advantage, whether it’s sexual, financial, or for a residence.

  • Here are the signs that your romantic relationship is exploitative:
  • Your relationship moved at a faster speed
  • You feel negative vibes when you both are together
  • Your partner is dishonest
  • Power imbalance
  • Guilt-trip
  • Hurt self-esteem
  • Your partner’s behavior with your close ones
  • Play on your insecurities
  • Gaslighting

What is A Narcissistic relationship?

A narcissistic relationship is one in which one partner excessively admires and idealizes the other. This can lead to the development of an inflated sense of self-importance and a strong need for admiration. Often, people in a narcissistic relationship will attempt to control or manipulate their partner to get the admiration and adoration they crave. 

If you think you might be in a narcissistic relationship, it’s important to seek help from a qualified mental health professional. These relationships can be extremely damaging and destructive, so it’s important to get professional help if you’re struggling.

Signs Of Being In A Narcissistic Relationship

If you’re in a relationship with someone narcissistic, you may be wondering if there are any signs that you can look out for. After all, it can be difficult to spot the signs of narcissism if you’re not familiar with them.  Here are some signs that you may be in a narcissistic relationship:

  • Your partner is always putting themselves first
  • Your partner is always needing attention and admiration
  • Your partner is always trying to control you
  • Your partner is always making you feel like you’re not good enough
  • Your partner is always making you feel like you’re crazy 

If you’re seeing any of these signs in your relationship, it’s important to seek help from a professional. Narcissistic relationships can be very unhealthy and toxic.

Narcissistic Relationship Vs Authentic Relationship

The relationship is meant to give you a sense of satisfaction and pleasure. But some relationships are so toxic that they take a toll on your mental health. One such toxic relationship is narcissism. It occurs when one of the partners is suffering from a narcissistic personality disorder. It’s a kind of disorder in which the victim possesses an exaggerated sense of self-importance and feels a deep desire for self-admiration.

 It is really hard to cope with narcissistic relationships. People with narcissistic tendencies play games and manipulate their partners to fulfill their own needs. They have little to no regard for their partner’s feelings and emotions.

Though narcissists appear to be ultra-confident but behind their super confident looks, lies fragile self-esteem which is easily tarnished by slight criticism. They are rarely committed to a longer-term relationship.

According to research, narcissists are really bad partners because they find it hard to see beyond their likes and dislikes

An NPD person is always seeking attention and needs an appraisal to validate his self-esteem. He is so self-centered that he can’t see beyond his own needs and desires. It creates a distressing environment between both partners as relationships progress when there are mutual efforts from both sides. 

If you are wondering how can you tell if you are in a narcissistic relationship then the biggest indicator is when you criticize your partner and see overly reactive behavior and they appear to be always right and best.

 Around 1% of the world’s population suffers from a narcissistic personality disorder. And a whopping percentage of 75% consists of men. There are many people nowadays who possess one or a few narcissistic traits but they don’t fall under the category of disorder. However, with an increasing number of self-appreciation platforms which convince you to show off and feel good from the virtual likes and shares, people are more likely to have this disorder.

Signs of being in a narcissistic relationship:

 If you see the following patterns in your partner, it’s a clear sign that he is a narcissist. According to psychologists, only 5 points need to be met for a person to qualify for NPD. 

 Arrogant and haughty behavior

There is often arrogant and haughty behavior in narcissistic relationships. This is because narcissist believes they are superior to others and deserve special treatment. They often demand attention and admiration and can become manipulative and controlling. This behavior can be damaging to both the narcissist and their partner, as it can lead to arguments and conflict. It is important to be aware of this behavior and to try to manage it, as it can otherwise hurt the relationship.

 Seeking excessive admiration

A relationship with a narcissistic person can be difficult, as they often seek excessive admiration and attention. This can create a feeling of insecurity and inadequacy in their partner, as they are constantly seeking validation. Narcissists can also be manipulative and controlling, making it difficult to have a healthy, balanced relationship. If you are in a relationship with a narcissistic person, it is important to set boundaries and communicate your needs to maintain a healthy relationship.

 Manipulative behavior in interpersonal relationships

Manipulative behavior often occurs in interpersonal relationships, particularly in those involving narcissists. Narcissists are often skilled at manipulating others to get what they want or to achieve their objectives. They may use a variety of techniques, such as flattery, promises, threats, or even outright lies, to achieve their goals. Manipulative behavior can be difficult to deal with, as it can be hard to tell when someone is being sincere. If you are in a relationship with a

Display of envy or believing others are envious

There’s nothing quite as unattractive as someone who is constantly jealous of others. It’s a display of insecurity and low self-esteem, and it just makes the person seem small-minded and petty. Even worse is when someone believes that everyone is jealous of them. This is just a recipe for disaster, as it leads to the person being paranoid and always on the defensive. It’s just not a healthy or happy way to go through life. 

Sense of extreme entitlement

When two people are in a narcissistic relationship, they often have a sense of extreme entitlement. They believe that they are the only ones who matter and that they deserve everything. This can lead to a lot of conflicts, as they are constantly trying to one-up each other.

 Lack of empathy

Narcissists often lack empathy for their partners, seeing them as objects to be used for their gain. This can lead to a feeling of devaluation and objectification in the relationship. In some cases, the narcissist may even actively seek to hurt their partner emotionally or physically.

 Fantasies of unlimited success, ideal love, and beauty

In narcissistic relationships, it is common for people to have fantasies of unlimited success, ideal love, and beauty. These fantasies often become a source of conflict and dissatisfaction when they are not met. If you are in a narcissistic relationship, it is important, to be honest with yourself about your expectations and be realistic about what your partner can provide.

 Believing oneself to be unique

In a narcissistic relationship, one person believes that they are unique and special, while the other person only exists to serve them. This can be a very unhealthy and one-sided relationship, as the narcissist will often take advantage of their partner and expect them to always be available to them. If you are in a narcissistic relationship, it is important to remember that you are not alone and that other people care about you.

 Wants to be associated with only high-status people

Narcissists are often very picky about the people they associate with. They want to be seen as part of the “in-crowd” and only associate with people who they deem to have a high social status. This can make it difficult for them to maintain close relationships, as they are always looking for ways to one-up the people around them.

No or few long-term friends

Narcissistic relationships are often characterized by a lack of long-term friends. This is because narcissists tend to be very self-centered and focused on their own needs and wants. They may have difficulty sustaining close, intimate relationships with others because they are always looking for validation and approval. Additionally, narcissists may take advantage of and abuse their friends, which can lead to a breakdown in communication and trust.


A platonic relationship is one in which two partners undergo suppressed or sublimated sexual desire.

The term is antonymous to a romantic relationship; however, the platonic relationship is inclusive of care, love, respect, sincerity as well as loyalty, but it lacks romance at large.

Named after the Greek philosopher Plato, who thought that platonic love would bring individuals to divinity.

In addition, the term can be used for both genders (masculine and feminine). A platonic relationship is one without the engrossment of sex but it is more than just being ordinary friends.

To cut the long story short, A platonic relationship has people sharing common ideas, loving and caring for each other by keeping the sex or romantic feelings at arm’s length.

Moreover, we have several examples of platonic relationships in our society as well. We all have friends and we take great care of them and we also cherish them without being involved in any venereal act.


Although the signs of a platonic relationship vary from person to person as per one’s bent of mind, we have come up with general ones.

Following are 20 signs of a Platonic Relationship:

  • Having recognition to the degree of extensive attachment.

They have attachments with each other to such extremity that they are never ready to hear any hearsay or rumor about their relationship.

  • Always ready for each other.

Come what may, they are always ready to assist each other. In all sorts of circumstances, they reach out to each other.

  • Relationship without any vested interests

Their relationship ties go on without any iota of vested interest. They remain attached to the intense point of sincerity.

  • Sharing common language

Most often they have a common language, be it verbal, written, or even the language of signs and symbols. They understand each other in all forms of communication.

  • Always helping each other

They never let any chance go in vain when it comes to helping each other. They always help and drive each other out of any kind of discomfort, inconvenience, or calamity.

  • Never getting sick of each other

Surprisingly, whether they spend a whole day, a whole week, or a month together in a row, even then they do not get sick of each other or feel like getting bored of each other. They enjoy every single moment and make it an everlasting moment.

  • Never feeling alone

Hinging on the feelings, emotions, and memories of each other, the Platonic partners never feel lonely. They keep each other lively and active by diving into the ocean of remembrance and memories they have made together.

  • Never getting enough of each other

Adding to this is the fact that platonic friends, after spending a great deal of time together, cannot get enough of each other due to their unending affection and love.

  • Knowing everything about each other

They have all ins and outs of each other. Whether they meet every day intermittently, they keep each other posted_and updated.

  • Feeling unsaturated and missing when separated

However, when they are not together, they feel like something is missing from their entity. Such moments do not come on them with a positive sign but make them uneasy and inconvenient.

  • Feeling comfortable and cozy with each other

No matter what are the circumstances, they always feel convenient and homey with each other. Together they get out of every problem effectively.

  • Having unconditional acceptance

Before making an engagement with each other, they do not put conditions on their relationships. But, their relationship is based on sincerity and loyalty, thereby, they accept each other unconditionally.

  • Having a sense of humor

Having a sense of humor is a great gift from the Almighty that very rare people own. But two individuals in a platonic relationship have this sense. They both understand each other’s sense of humor and similarly respond to one another.

  • Always having something to discuss

Like ordinary relationships, which fade away over time, people in Platonic relationships never struggle to find a topic to talk about. They always come up with something new and interesting and discuss it with their respective soulmate throughout the meet-up.

  • Knowing each other’s mistakes

Despite knowing each other’s mistakes, unlike other individuals, they never make each other the objects of ridicule or they do not jeopardize to mock each other for it will lessen the element of care, loyalty, and respect.

  • Understanding how to support each other

They know when, how and to what degree one has to support another mate. Knowing the way, they support each other through thick and thin.

  • Help each other learn and grow.

They both may belong to different backgrounds, hence, leaving room for learning and inculcation from each other.

They both share their ideas and experiences and they have always wise words for each other to acclimate to their habit.

Platonic Relationship vs Romantic Relationship

As mentioned earlier, platonic relationship does not surround the boundaries of sexual or physical activities. But it is more of spending time together, exhibiting care-and loyalty. Moreover, Platonic Relationships are not gender-bound, nor age-confined, people of any gender or age group can fall for even the person of the same gender.

However, in contrast, the Romantic Relationship is physical-activity-centered. A bit of love-oriented conversation may arouse a wave of physical activity. Moreover, a hot touch may excite the partners in no time. In addition, A Romantic relationship is a relationship tie in which love, close friendship_and intimacy is accompanied by sex and romance.


Like a Romantic Relationship, Platonic Relationship can not only work but also prosper in all swings. Provided the surety of good boundaries and defined limits, any relationship can be proved healthy as well as successful.

Rebound and Polyamorous

The phrase “rebound relationship” conjures up a range of adjectives in your mind. The specific words you would hear about rebound relationships are “bad,” “selfish,” and “doomed.” However, according to sex and relationship educators, rebound relationships can have perks. Are you surprised? Learn how to transition from a rebound relationship out of rebound territory, as well as their potential downsides and benefits.

What is a Rebound Relationship?

The feeling of being in a new relationship can be overwhelming. Rebound relationships are those formed after someone has recently broken up and hasn’t completely moved on from their ex.

According to Micaela Stein, LCSW at Humantold, rebound relationships occur after a previous relationship, where one or both parties are still dealing with issues raised by the previous breakup. It is common for rebound relationships to last a short time, and members are often unsure about what they want and are emotionally invested in their past relationships. In most cases, rebound relationships occur unconsciously, but sometimes they are deliberate,” says Stein.

Signs Of Rebound Relationship

1. Their ex is always on their mind.

There is a direct correlation between how much time and energy someone spends talking about their ex and how over they are with them. This shouldn’t surprise me, but it’s worth mentioning nonetheless. Knowing each other’s past relationships and patterns is a healthy part of a new relationship. Still, you shouldn’t hear all her food preferences, favorite sex position, and habits all the time. If you are too talkative about your ex, it indicates that you are still attached to them.

2. It has only been a short time since their last relationship.

There is a lot of debate when it comes to getting over a past relationship. There are three-week, six-week, three-month, and of course, the formula states that it should take half the duration of the relationship to recover. Depending on the person, some mourn the loss of a relationship before it ends and therefore need less time to mourn. Other people are blindsided and do not take the time to process what has happened. Ultimately, there is no magic formula, but self-reflection and grieving the loss of a relationship are essential. It’s not a good sign if your new crush just ended a relationship a week ago.

3. Their approach to things is superficial.

Consider the conversations you have outside of sex. Keeping the conversation surface-level signifies that you are in a rebound relationship. You don’t have to tell them your middle name, childhood, or most difficult moment. Topics that are not sensitive, vulnerable, or caring are avoided. Things can get too connected if we focus on movie titles, music, or favorite sexual positions.

4. Sex is the focus of the relationship.

You will not be courted, and your family or friends will not be invited to meet them. You won’t be taken out to dinner with them – they prefer to go straight to work without spending too much time with you. Perhaps you’re a rebound – or just a buddy who knows what he’s doing.

5. There is an emotional gap between them and you.

Before they push you away, they will only let you get so close. Their emotional vulnerability cannot be tolerated. They cannot meet your emotional needs, nor can they show up the way you need.

Rebound Relationship Vs. Real Love

Rebound Relationship

Your gut feeling is that you are using this person to distract you from your pain or fill the time.

You sense that you’re using sex to escape your breakup, and you are attracted to the new person on a sexual level.

Sincerity tells you that you are more attracted to the person’s essence than their essence for fear of being alone.

Your feelings for the new partner fluctuate, vacillating between wanting to spend time with them and getting away as soon as possible. Commitment fears may indicate that you have not adequately grieved and processed your ex.

Real Love

Despite your doubts and uncertainties, you feel this could be someone with whom you could build a future.

Core values are undeniably aligned, and there is a strong connection.

Getting close causes some fear, but your desire for closeness overcomes the fear.

Especially about your last relationship, you are honest and vulnerable.

What is a Polyamorous Relationship?

The Polyamory Society defines polyamory as “loving multiple people simultaneously in a non-possessive, honest, responsible, and ethical manner.”. As opposed to accepting social norms that dictate a single person to be loved, polyamory emphasizes consciously choosing how many partners one wishes to be involved with.

Having more than one intimate or romantic relationship at a time is referred to as being polyamorous. Polyamorous relationships can include people of different sexual orientations, regardless of their sexual orientation.

Polyamory is different from open relationships in that it involves both sexual or romantic intimacy between partners and emotional intimacy. The polyamorous relationship is consensual, and everyone is aware of the relationship. Relationships between polyamorous partners can be hierarchical or equal at times. A person may have a primary and secondary partner in a hierarchical relationship.

Signs Of Polyamorous Relationship

Commitment Issues

Do you get anxious when the other person demands commitment in a relationship? Is monogamy always a drag for you? To determine the extent to which commitment issues have affected your relationships in the past, experts suggest you reflect on your past relationships.

Loving more than one person at a time

Do you feel the same way about more than one person at a time? Having a steady partner and being emotionally stable with other people as well, maybe a sign that you are in a stable relationship.

There’s more to it than just sex.

Polyamorous relationships aren’t just swinging and getting physical. That’s a common misconception, experts say. Do you feel an emotional connection with more than one person at any given time?

Desire For More

Is it true that one person in your life cannot fulfill all your needs? Is it because you have different needs and a challenge to be in a relationship with more than one person that you enjoy being in a relationship with more than one person?

You don’t feel jealous.

What if your partner sees someone else? Would you be fine with that? Is there a reason why you don’t seem bothered by jealousy? Polyamorous people feel okay when they hear their partners are happy in other relationships.

Polyamorous relationship vs. Polygamy


It is illegal in the United States to practice Polygamy. It is viewed differently by those who do not practice it than by those who do. We always recommend trying to understand other people’s beliefs before passing judgment on them. We are not advocating Polygamy but extending empathy to people who live in such an environment and were socialized to it or practice it. It’s hard to understand the drawbacks or benefits of such a practice unless you’re a participant.


You might be surprised how differently you express your love for different people depending on the relationships you’ve had. A major reason polyamory has gained popularity in recent years is that no two relationships are ever the same.

There are two ways in which a polyamorous relationship differs from other relationships. Various people are involved in the circle; for one, it’s non-monogamous, and for two, it’s non-exclusive. It is typical for polyamorous relationships to include a primary couple that engages in open and consenting relationships with other romantic partners. The couple may pursue sexual relations together or separately.

Different couples may experience polyamory differently. In some cases, couples prefer to have one main partner and a variety of people in their circle. Some people prefer to be in two different relationships at the same time. Those who practice polyamory believe that love should not be constrained by monogamy. It should be expressed freely and fully instead. It is important, however, for those in the primary relationship to be aware that their partner may have a lover outside of the relationship.

What is Symbiotic Relationship?

Throughout nature, symbiotic relationships are found between honey bees and flowers, clown fish and anemones, and you and your gut’s bacteria. As defined in symbiosis, there are three basic relationships between living organisms: mutualism, in which both organisms benefit; commensalism, in which one organism benefits without causing harm to the other; and parasitism, in which one entity benefits, sometimes at the expense of the other.

Symbiosis is a union of life and togetherness derived from the Greek words syn and bios. A classification system based on the distinct characteristics of individual organisms was developed to understand how these relationships evolved.

Signs of Symbiotic Relationship

There are signs that your partner might be overly reliant upon you for support. There may also be signs that your partner needs you more than he should, even though it’s normal to have different expectations at the beginning of a relationship.

There is an increased likelihood that your friend may be in a symbiotic relationship if he has stopped communicating with his peers or suddenly put an end to something important to him. If they spend more time with their new partner than their old partner, this could also be a warning sign that something might be wrong with their time management.

Symbiotic Relationship vs. Mutualistic Relationship

Symbiotic Relationship

A symbiotic relationship is a relationship between two species mutually beneficial to at least one. Other species may have a positive, negative, or neutral relationship with the other species.

Mutualistic Relationship

Symbiotic relationships are symbiotic relationships in which both species benefit from each other. The mutualism between goby fish and shrimp is an example of mutualism. They spend most of their time together, even though the shrimp is nearly blind. Shrimps and fish both live in burrows in the sand maintained by shrimp. As a warning, the fish uses its tail to touch the shrimp when a predator approaches. As soon as the predator has disappeared, fish and shrimp retreat into the burrow. Shrimps receive warnings about approaching danger from their relationship. In addition to having a safe place to lay its eggs, the fish also gets a place to retreat.


There are several types of symbiosis, but the main function of symbiosis is to increase the benefit of one species to the benefit of the other. Essentially, mutualism is a relationship that benefits both species due to a symbiotic relationship.

What is a Karmic Relationship?

In a karmic relationship, there is turbulence, passion, and many ups and downs. We need karmic relationships in our lives to grow, so they are related to karma in that sense. These relationships test our understanding of love and relationships.

A karmic relationship is thought to develop from unresolved issues in the past. You learn lessons from these relationships and are pointed in the right direction by them. High highs and low lows are common characteristics of karmic relationships. The intense feelings both partners feel at the beginning of a karmic relationship often cause people to mistake them for soulmate relationships. Karmic relationships, however, aren’t meant to last and are usually short-lived.

A whirlwind can start these relationships and end just as quickly. There is often an intoxicating feeling associated with karmic relationships initially, but they are not long-term and often don’t last their entire lives. There is no hope for karmic relationships. There are patterns of breakups and reconciliations in karmic relationships.

During the early stages of the relationship, patterns may overlook each other’s flaws and believe they are destined for each other. It is common for couples in karmic relationships not to realize they are in one, so when things don’t work out, they will feel frustrated since they feel very compatible with their partner, despite being unsuitable. Getting out of a karmic relationship can be emotionally draining, so it’s essential to recognize the signs of one so that you can move on.

Signs You Are In A Karmic Relationship

1. Immediate Connection.

The person seems familiar to you, Paul explains. When karma is involved, sometimes you feel good about it, but sometimes you feel scared.

2. Drama Abounds.

This type of relationship is tumultuous. Kaiser says there’s a good chance you’re in a karmic relationship if drama is the foundation of your relationship. If the dynamic becomes toxic, it’s time for it to be resolved or healed.

3. Addiction

A karmic relationship can feel addictive because of the instant connection you feel. Even though it is unhealthy, you remain committed to your partner for a reason.

4. Ups and Downs

Highs and lows can be part of karmic relationships. A great fit with your partner might lead to lots of excitement, passion, and highs. Nonetheless, not being compatible will cause these highs to peak into very low points, often accompanied by drama, disagreements, and breaking up. In a relationship, you can learn a lot about yourself and what you need from a relationship by experiencing these highs and lows. You can learn much about your tolerance, wants, and needs in a relationship through the highs and lows of karmic relationships, even if they are exhausting.

5. Frustration

Couples often develop a lot of codependency from karmic relationships. During the early stages of your relationship, you may lose sight of who you are apart from your relationship because you feel so drawn to each other. If you are codependent, you spend every minute of the day with your partner, look to them for advice, and sacrifice your instincts to appease them. Many unhealthy habits can develop in a relationship as a result of codependency. Your karmic relationship is characterized by codependence with your partner. We can sometimes get lost on our journey to building communication, honesty, and respect. Become an expert in communication, conflict, intimacy, and more with unlimited access to a relationship coach.

6. Unhealthy Relationship

Relationships with karmic influences are not healthy, as we’ve discussed before. A healthy relationship involves partners lifting one another and improving one another. People often reveal their worst selves in karmic relationships. Partner fear results from losing what they have or fearing a relationship high turning into a low. Aside from other toxic feelings and qualities, this can cause jealousy and possessiveness.

7. You Feel Scattered

There is never a feeling of complete stability in karmic relationships because they are full of ups and downs. Your relationship is getting better and better as you get to know each other. Karmic relationships don’t work this way, leading to partners feeling on edge and ready for something to happen in the relationship.

8. Fear of End Results

Relationship partners can feel constantly fearful of the end of the relationship when they never feel settled in the relationship. A disagreement in karmic relationships can quickly escalate into a relationship-ending dispute due to their volatility and unpredictable nature. It is a sign that you are in a karmic relationship if you feel like you are always waiting for something to happen in your relationship.

9. Diplomatic Behaviour

Repetitive behavior is also characteristic of karmic relationships. The same fights often occur as a result of repetitive behavior. Karmic relationships can result in disagreements and mismatched expectations due to couples not necessarily being compatible. When the individuals in a karmic relationship are incompatible, there will be many fights, leading to the make-up breakup cycle that we have discussed.

10. You Feel Upset

Having karmic relationships can be completely exhausting on an emotional, mental, and even physical level. Many of us underestimate the difficulties of being involved in a constant state of drama, disagreements, and fear of losing the relationship. People’s emotional, mental, and physical health can be affected by the anxiety and volatility that accompany karmic relationships, and they attempt to cope with the stress. You might be in a karmic relationship if your relationship causes you to feel completely exhausted.

Karmic Relationship vs. Twin Flame

There is enough confusion surrounding twin flames, soulmates, and karmas to delay your union journey. Knowing your life’s connections is important – but before we go into how they differ and what they mean, there is a warning. We use descriptions that may not exactly reflect what we see because every journey to union is different. Rather than being considered hard rules, they should be viewed as guidelines.

Main Differences Between Karmic Relationship and Twin Flame

A twin flame relationship differs from a soul mate relationship and a karmic one. Your evolutionary path can be identified quickly with the help of this guide.

Soulmates and karmic relationships can occur several times during a lifetime. There is only one flame twin relationship per lifetime, however. Relationships between a soulmate and a karmic partner can occur in different areas, such as couples, families, and work. It is only in romantic relationships that twin flames can bond.

Relationships between flame twins and karmic twins advance spiritually. In a karmic relationship, you must move away from your twin flame, while in a twin flame relationship, you must stay together.

You become a better person as you grow closer to your twin flame or soul mate. As a result of karmic relationships, you rise above the suffering that you are experiencing.

Being in a temporary relationship with a soulmate and a karmic partner is possible. You may not have contact with them for quite a while after they leave your life. Your twin flame must remain with you forever if you are to achieve true spiritual fulfillment.

You will be happy and grateful in your life when you have twin flames and soul mates. Earthly reality is characterized by karmic relationships’ sorrow, suffering, and depression.


We are wrapping up our discussion about different types of relationships, their signs, and their differences. This is a comprehensive guide for everyone who wants to know their relationship type. This was our focus to keep things as simple as possible so that they would be easy to read for anyone and yet still be useful for them.

Have a happy reading!

What Is An Abusive Relationship:

Abuse means treating someone with brutality, rudeness, harm, or force. If someone is treating their partner with any of these, then it is called an abusive relationship. Abuse in a relationship involves the use of abusive and coercive behaviors to maintain power and control over an intimate partner, whether they are former or current.

As the infographic below describes:

“Abusive relationships can arise anywhere – with partners, friends, families, workplaces or governments.”


Abuse happens regularly and systematically. So in this case, get help from a therapist and get out of these abusive relationships.


There’s a myth that your partner could be only the abuser. It’s not like that. An abuser could be anyone.

1. Your relatives and other family members.

2. Your care provider.

3. Neighbour

4. Any professional worker

5. Employer

6. The one whom you trust a lot.

Or anyone who behaves rudely with you.


Many people come to know about abuse from their families while growing up, and some learn from their friends, popular culture, or structural inequities throughout our society. Children and adults are at risk. Adults can be at risk because of several reasons.

Forms of abusive relationships:

A person can abuse another emotionally, physically, financially, and sexually, and they can also intimidate, isolate or threaten them.

In most cases, abuse escalates over time. Violence and abuse are always part of a border control scheme when perpetrated against a partner.

Types Of Abuse:

There are various types of abuse given below:

1. Physical abuse:

It is the physical force of one person on another. This mistreatment might or might not cause physical injury.

2. Sexual abuse:

It is unwanted sexual behavior that happens without the other person’s understanding.

3. Emotional abuse:

It is a harmful behavior that can cause mental stress that includes both verbal and non-verbal abuse which can scare a person.

4. Financial abuse:

It happens when someone wants to steal or defraud you of your goods, money, or property.

and so on. The most visible type of abuse is physical abuse which happens to everyone. And to add to this the hardest type of abuse is emotional abuse because it’s really difficult to identify.

Signs Of Abusive Relationship:

If you are in any kind of abusive relationship and you don’t even know about it then here are some signs that’ll help you to know whether you are in an abusive relationship or not.

1. They harm you physically. Hits, pushes, shakes, and kicks are included.

2. If want to leave them. They threaten to harm you and themselves.

3. Doesn’t let you avoid sexual acts you don’t want to perform or try to do so.

4. Always tries to control your life.

5. The act of shame or unworthiness often accompanies it.

6. They will blame you for every action.

7. Every time they wanna know where you are.

8. Whenever you are with your friends, they’ll act jealous or angry.

9. Demands your personal information from your social media account.

10. They’ll make mean comments on social media.

Dealing with such relationships:

1. Learn how partner abuse affects people.

2. Then notice how this abusive relationship affected you.

3. Immediately get help from a therapist.

4. Learn to subsist, and try to share your story with someone.

5. Move forward and be in a healthier relationship.

Getting out of an Abusive relationship:

1. Reveal everything to someone you know.

2. Get help and support from experts.

3. Get advice from the helplines too.

Effects Of Abusive Relationship:

Abuse of any kind can cause many effects such as mental health disorders such as anxiety, attachment, stress, and depression. Self-harming and suicidal thoughts, eating disorders, and physical ailments.

Abusive relationship vs Toxic relationship:

If the damaging behavior is just how the person is, it is called toxic behavior. If the person is making a conscious choice to behave in damaging ways, then it is abuse.

In simple, toxic relationships are about disproportionate action and abuse is about control.

A toxic relationship is a volatile one, that can be one or two-sided. In a one-sided relationship, one partner responds to problems, and another partner blows problems up.

A two-sided relationship involves two or more people who respond to each other poorly and they overreact to any issue.

Abuse is filled with anger and is out of control. They hurt others because they are unable to control themselves.

These two relationships are behavior characterized by one or other partners that are emotionally and physically harmful.

A Toxic Relationship makes you feel humiliated, assaulted, unheard, unwarranted, unbacked and misinterpreted. In general terms, any relationship that takes anyone on the odyssey of sufferings, woes and throes can be deemed as a toxic relationship.

No wonder, we can come across toxic relationships everywhere, be it classroom, playground, or bedroom. One can even face it within one’s own house.

That said, it doesn’t mean that a toxic relationship is devoid of love, affection and care, all they can go hand in hand in a toxic relationship along with anxiety, depression and unenjoyable feelings.

Moreover, a toxic relationship can be venomous to the extent that one would not be loving to see another partner or he/she would be avoiding the respective partner.

10 hallmarks of a toxic relationship:


One of the crucial signs of a toxic relationship is jealousy. Though it goes unnoticed in the beginning but can create many problems later in a relationship.

Harsh words

Instead of honor, respect, understanding__and mutual care, both partners start mocking each other and using derogatory remarks which leads to a further rift in the relationship.

Absence of support

This is also one of the most common signs of a toxic relationship. Where one or both partners feel unsupported. When this feeling start arising, the partners avoid sharing any problem.

Lack of sincerity and loyalty

When either of the partners starts telling lies about anything and hiding the truth from another partner, this triggers toxicity even in a healthy relationship.

Being indifferent

This act annoys most other partners most when one partner starts ignoring the needs and becomes nonchalant about what the other partner needs.

Lack of self-care

One might give up one’s hobbies and pastimes that one loved to get indulged in once upon a time. Caring not about health and neglecting wishes might become the all-time favorite chore.

Lack of trust

It is also one of the most important indicators of a toxic relationship. Lack of trust stems from ignoring the questions asked by another partner. However, when the partner fails to answer satisfactorily (especially asked about whereabouts) there comes the moment when the breach occurs in the bank of trust.

Holding the relationship hostage

This happens when one partner intimidates another partner against any complaint or reservation. Not only does he/she starts ignoring but also disregarding another partner regarding anything that comes to pass in their relationship.

Fighting over trifles

When either of the partners starts fighting over little and patty things, this reflects that the partner is no more interested__and lacks interest in his/her partner. Either of the partners even starts fighting over trifle questions like where he/she was.

Feeling Ashamed

This largely happens when either of the partners uses abusive and humiliating behavior for another partner not only in person__also in front of all family members__and even in public places. Such exacerbating demeanor paves the way for a toxic relationship.


A toxic relationship is characterized by the feeling of sheer fear, insecurity, self-centeredness and above all, unending hegemony.

In addition, it always takes two to make a quarrel __which means when we encounter such a relationship, we simply cannot blame the other partner but we should see ourselves as well.

Moreover, a healthy relationship, contrarily, is a relationship that everyone aspires to acquire. It involves self-care, mutual respect, and understanding. 

Besides, a healthy relationship is a safe relationship, where one feels not only secure but comfortable, convenient and confident. 

Besides, whenever there is a little fight or anger in a healthy relationship, even then the partner thinks about another one and takes care of him/her. Also, in a healthy relationship, when one partner is upset with another, still he ventures not to ignore the feelings of the other.


There are many different types of relationships that people can have. Some of these relationships are more common than others, and some people may not be aware of them.

Everyone makes mistakes and fights are part of every relationship, but what makes the difference is caring, honesty, sincerity and above all, loyalty.

If you are experiencing a toxic relationship, don’t worry, you’re not alone in this journey.

You can turn your toxic relationship into a healthy relationship by mixing the ingredients of mutual love, care, respect as well as loyalty. Also, add the spices of giving time, showing being heedful along with the components of mutual TRUST.

By understanding the various types of relationships, you can better identify which one(s) you are in and take steps to improve them. This article provided a list of thirteen common relationship types. To learn more about these types of relationships, subscribe to our weekly newsletter.

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