Most relationships are not perfect. Each person brings their own ideas, values, opinions issues, and personal history into a relationship, and they do not always match their partner’s. Of course, differences do not necessarily mean a relationship is bound for conflict and they can actually be complementary.

Unfortunately, differences are not always easy to manage. Differences you once found endearing can become annoying, especially if tenderness has began to erode. Sometimes specific issues, such as an extramarital affair or loss of sexual attraction, trigger problems in a relationship. At other times, there is a gradual disintegration of communication and caring. Either way, the distress creates more stress, tension, sadness, worry, fear and other problems.

Couples usually do not know what to do and some hope that the trouble will just go away. But without action, a bad relationship may only worsen and eventually lead to more problems such as behavioural problems in the children and psychological problems such as depression. This in turn places pressure on other areas of and may affect other family members or even friendships as people feel compelled to take sides.