Myths About Romantic Relationships

Myths About Romantic Relationships

There are many myths about what makes a good romantic relationship. Unfortunately, many lead to relationship hell.

Sometimes people struggle with beliefs they have formed about how, when and with whom they should form a romantic relationship. Many people feel the need or urge to act on impressions they have formed from popular media and friends about relationships, and many times this leads to the frustration and disappointment of an unhealthy relationship. So, we all may need a relationship reality check from time-to-time.

Here is a list of some common myths:

  • There is one and only one right person in the world for you to commit to or marry.
  • Until a person finds the perfect person to commit to, he or she should not be satisfied.
  • You should feel totally competent as a future spouse or partner before you decide to marry or commit.
  • Fighting or arguing means the relationship won't work.
  • You can be happy with anyone you choose to commit to if you try hard enough.
  • You won't be desirable to men or women unless you have sex with them.
  • You should choose someone to commit to whose personal characteristics are opposite from or similar to your own.
  • Being in love with someone is a sufficient reason to commit to that person.
  • Your partner should just understand you without you having to communicate to him or her.
  • Choosing someone to commit to is a "decision of the heart".
  • Living together will prepare you for marriage and improve your chances of being happily married.
  • Choosing a mate should be easy.
  • There is nothing more you can do to find a mate.
  • Preparing for commitment or marriage "just comes naturally".
  • We know practically nothing about what predicts a happy partnership or marriage, so just take your chances.

If you are laboring under these or other myths and would like assistance, counseling may help.

APA Reference
Staff, H. (2021, December 23). Myths About Romantic Relationships, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 25 from

Last Updated: February 2, 2022

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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