How to Deal With Resentment in Relationships

An informal dialogue-style post with a list of thought-provoking questions on resentment in relationships, and their answers. Come read!

My friend and I were invested in one of our infamous ‘late-night’ speculations of relationships, when she asked a very innocent and valid question about resentment.

Just like the time before when we talked about detachment, that’s how this post came to birth. It is largely channelled, also something I talked more about in the former post of this type.

“Forgive, but don’t forget” is the advice I had given her, when she confessed she still holds a lot of resentment towards her partner.

The Dialogue on Resentment

What does not forgetting give me? Isn’t that resentment in itself?

It helps you set boundaries;
the things you are willing to accept or not.

But how do we forgive, if we are still remembering (not forgetting) it?

You hold resentment because you feel bad it happened to you.
How dare HE/SHE do that to you.
But you can let it go, by realising that it was YOU that allowed it to happen to you.

You don’t just forgive the other person, you also forgive yourself, for allowing something to have happened to you – to have been so deeply painful and for not knowing better sooner,

And you forgiving him does not mean he can do it again.
It means you forgive it happened before, but you make it clear that it can not happen again.
This is the basis of a HEALTHY BOUNDARY.

When you have a solid boundary, when you stand up for yourself, or make it clear that you’re not comfortable with whatever is going on, you are able to prevent mistreatment to a large extent.

And even if the behaviour persists, because you have become more conscious and intolerant for it, there are repercussions for the misdo-er, so you waste less time giving second/third/infinity chances and being heartbroken.

The repercussions could be as simple as not-talking for a certain duration, or stronger steps such as breaking off the relationship.

That makes sense. But the thing is, if there are repercussions, it effects both of us. If there’s a fight or breakup, I suffer too. So basically both suffer, for the misbehaviour of one.

It gets better with time for a simple reason.
He cannot do to you, what will no longer effect you.
That is how the Universe works, that’s why we are given Spiritual Contracts in our relationships, and that’s how they improve.
We learn from our partner, and we bring a SHIFT in our dynamic once the lesson has been learned.

A simple self-reflection on boundaries is a clear win out of resentment, and into healthier relationships.

I also want to address more about Healthy Boundaries through this video.

Also, to approach this in a more spiritual way, head over to my next post, 7 Lessons You Can Learn From People That Annoy You.

Happy evolving! 🙂


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38 thoughts on “How to Deal With Resentment in Relationships”

  1. Well, these are probably the most important things we have to realize. I think that’s one of the reasons why we are here tho.

  2. Such a great quote “Forgive but don’t forget” I have read today! Forgive someone is not easy but once you start doing it, you will leave yourself with relief and not forgetting it gives you a learning experience.

    1. Brilliantly summarized Amelia, I’m so happy this post an impression on you and made you look at resentment a little differently 💕

  3. I think that your advice to forgive but not forget is very valid. How else would we learn from our mistakes if we forgot?

    1. Aw, I’m honored! It was such a pristine moment to be tapped into the Universe’s flow of thought, and to be able to address this issue for a friend. And now to be able to share it with others and hopefully inspire them to reflect. Such a privilege 🙏

  4. Once you forgive, you are freer to live a healthier life. Not forgetting is like learning from your mistakes and grow which means you will never make the same mistake again.

    1. Yes, and therefore using that pain to understand what the root cause is, is key. Hope you enjoy reading this post.

  5. I try to forgive and forget. If I don’t forget, then it’s easy to revisit the issue and sometimes the negative feelings come back. But still, I appreciate the rest of the post and ideas.

    1. Not forget in the sense of the lesson it brings to us, sorry if that wasn’t clear right away. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your perspective, I agree, revisiting the negativity residual is often the case because healing and forgiveness can happen in several layers 💛

  6. Forgiving but not forgetting is so important. It’s good to move on but remember the past and what happened. Great post.

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