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As the saying goes, “Ignorance is bliss.” The first couple of months of falling in love are so euphoric most couples breeze by those glaring red flags that sometimes spell out relationship doom. But the early haze of love eventually fades into the reality of the work. Couples will experience more arguments and disagreements and will have to decide to make compromises for the betterment of the relationship. Healthy couples can face these difficulties head on, while couples who aren’t destined to be, may find themselves caught in a toxic cycle of conflict.

Therapist Julie Williamson, LPC, NCC, told Bustle, 

“If you’re in a serious relationship with the intention of it lasting long-term, you may not want to waste any more time than a year trying to resolve some of these issues. Most likely, if nothing has changed and these things are still common problems in your relationship after one year, chances are they won’t be changing on their own anytime soon.”

Here are some questions you should ask yourself about your partner after the first year of your relationship.

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