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The 7 Deadly Sins In A Relationship

Do you make these mistakes in your relationship?

There is one particular fear that is usually waiting for you when you are finally over your break up or divorce: The fear of the next relationship. The fear that all you went through, will eventually happen again.

The path to the healing was arduous. The pain unimaginable. You really never want to go through something like that again. Ever!

That is very understandable. Unfortunately nobody can guarantee you that, but there is one thing I can guarantee you:

If you have gone through the phases of a break up correctly, you will cope much better with a potential future break up than you did before.

Also, it helps, if you know the 7 deadly sins in a relationship.

Surviving the Break Up

The last phase in getting over a break up is “the reopening”, where you learn to open yourself up for new relationships again. You have learned so much in the past months/years.

You really did a tremendous job:

  • You’ve become a stronger person
  • You know yourself better
  • You have realized that self-love is the vital premise for a happy life
  • You’ve gained knowledge of the reasons which led to your break up or divorce back then, and managed to distance yourself emotionally from it
  • You are able to forgive your Ex and move on

You are now ready for a new relationship.

Fighting the Fear

But what if you make the same mistakes you’ve made earlier? What if you fall into the same habits as before and drive your new partner away?

First of all: fear is never a good counselor. You should always look positive and confident into the future. But I understand where this is coming from.

You can overcome this fear the same way you can overcome every other fear: knowledge and action. First you have to know the main causes for a disturbance in a relationship, then you have to stop making them.

What are the main causes that relationships fail?

The causes are numerous. But you will observe that certain mistakes (I should better say “character flaws”) that are very common, can destroy even the happiest relationship. It is very important to know them and to react immediately, as soon as you notice them in you.

I have put together the 7 most common relationship destroying sins and here they are for you:

The Seven Deadly Sins in a Relationship

1. Jealousy

In my opinion jealousy is one of the most negative and destructive emotions there is. Never will positive come out of jealousy.

It results from fear of loss and tenure and is strictly ego-based. It’s one of the greatest threats to a relationship.

A jealous partner can truly diminish your quality of life, and I’ve seen couples splitting up because of this, despite the fact that they love each other.

Overcoming jealousy is not so easy, but it must start at its roots. The only way is to work on your self-love, and to increase trust in your relationship. That is something you have to accomplish together.

2. Clinging

Clinging is clearly another manifestation of the fear of loss. It is the weaker “brother” of jealousy and manifests itself through different ways, seemingly through repeated reassurances of love.

You are convinced that you don’t deserve your partner, and cling to them verbally or literally. This is very often overwhelming, and will make the partner feel trapped.

Persons coming from a fresh, difficult break up or divorce very often tend to cling in their new relationships.

3. Lack of Respect and Inattentiveness

Every fulfilling relationship is based on mutual respect. Without respect there will be conflicts or even abuse.

Inattentiveness is a slow process, which can manifest after years in a relationship. This is taking the partner for granted, not making any efforts to maintain the relationship.

4. Wrong Ideas of a Relationship

What do you expect from a relationship, from your partner? Do you want to fulfill your childhood dream of the prince riding on the white horse, who will make all your problems go away at once?

Do you believe that a relationship is always the endless love of which songs and poems are singing about? Everything will work out on its own, if only you love enough?

If you believe all of this, then your relationship will fail. To know that you have to work in your relationship every day for your happiness is the key to success.

5. Having too high Expectations

Having too high expectations of a relationship right from the start will cause many problems. Not every man/girl is the love of your life and not every relationship is meant to be.

Know exactly what you are looking for in a partner, but don’t set the bar too high.

Unrealistic expectations will eventually lead to self-induced discontent.

6. Losing Communication

Losing communication in a relationship is a silent killer. You only detect it when it’s almost too late. This is especially a problem in long term relationships of many years.

There are many ways to fight this. If you have nothing to talk about, then the solution is, of course, to create new mutual interests you could have a discussion about.

If you do not have the time for long conversations, then set a fixed day in the week with one hour, where you really talk with each other (don’t forget to turn off the TV).

Communication is the key.

7. Lost in Routine

Ever been in a relationship where everything starts to get boring, because it’s always the same? The same talk, the same places you go, even the sex is always the same.

Well, the solution for this is obvious: break free! Create new opportunities, go to different places, meet new people, try something crazy together. The possibilities are endless, you just have to do it together.

“Anything different is good”, as Bill Murray said in Groundhog Day.


The knowledge of the most common relationship killing mistakes allows you to constantly question your behavior and do your best to avoid them, whether you come from a divorce or live in a happy relationship.

Furthermore, you are now able to spot the potential causes of occurring conflicts and resolve them.

This will bring you a step closer to that happy fulfilling relationship you dream about.

For that I wish you all the best.

Your friend,

Eddie Corbano

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32 Responses to The 7 Deadly Sins In A Relationship

  1. Douglas Woods November 22, 2007 at 9:16 am #

    This is a really great post. I think you have highlighted well some of the factors that can cause problems in a relationship, especially jealousy and clinging.

    Relationship Coach

  2. Jordan Pearce December 5, 2007 at 10:21 pm #

    I disagree with #1.

    Jealously is normal and it comes down to how strong your self-esteem is to cope.

    Jealously can be a great wake up call so you know where you stand in a relationship. If you obsess over comparing yourself with others and make assumptions that is when it is destructive.

    Jealously is also destructive if the issue is shunned, dismissed and not discussed at all.

    Want to ruin a relationship? When someones says they are jealous ignore them. That is a perfect way to see if you are with the right person or not is if they take other peoples feelings into consideration.

    • Shocked and in Awe June 1, 2012 at 9:48 am #

      Jealousy is normal? When someones says they are jealous ignore them? Ding ding ding ding – Red Flag.

  3. Eddie Corbano December 6, 2007 at 12:24 pm #

    Thank you for your thoughts.

    Jealousy is principally a negative emotion, no matter where it’s coming from. Positive can come out of it for a short time in some cases, but in the majority and when it becomes permanent it will lead to serious relationship problems.

    You can ask the girlfriends and wives of controlling and stalking men about it, this happens more often than we realize.

    Only when we are able to overcome this strong emotion by going to it’s “roots”, should we experience it, a strong and stable relationship would be possible.

    • treasure March 7, 2013 at 6:15 pm #

      My boyfriend and i just broke up. I would say mutual agreement. He is very jealous, possessive and insecure. When sometimes he will come to the point of sneaking on my car to see if he can find something unusual. I love him despite of his flaws because i believe when you love someone you also have to accept who they are. He did try his best but most of the time he can’t help himself but breakdown.

      Two days before we broke up, He told me that i gave him anxiety and he is not sleeping well. He cried and cried as in literally sobbing in front of me. I told him that i was sorry if i have caused him pain and i told him that i love him. He said, that he doesn’t love me anymore. We have a long distance relationship. After he told me that he doesn’t love me anymore he sobbed and said, i don’t live where you are. I am just so far away. ( insecurity pattern of him ). He said, He don’t know what to do anymore and breaking up our relationship seems to be his option. So, i gave him that without hard feelings.

      After i left, few minutes later, he called me and told me that he misses me already. And before he went to bed he called me again to say goodnight and he woke me up the next morning so i get ready for work. These are the stuff that he do for 2 solid years with me. And until now that we already broke up.

      Does anyone can explain this kind of behavior? He in fact wants to meet me for dinner today. I’m confused but i just let him have his emotions playing around his head cuz i don’t think i can do anything about it. I told him though, that i want us to move forward and make plans for the future, giving him the idea that i am happy with him and wanted to move to the next level.

      any thoughts pls.

  4. Style January 9, 2008 at 3:26 am #

    This is a very informative site. I wish I knew all of this prior. However moving forward I have the knowledge to have a healthy relationship. Thanks for the information.

  5. Love Dating February 8, 2008 at 12:30 am #

    Very usefull tips and advice. Keep up the good work.

  6. Debb February 25, 2008 at 7:40 am #

    Hi …I just thought I’d let you know that I am in the midst of “surviving” a break~up and reading all these mini articles have helped me greatly firstly by validateing that I am indeed not “crazy” and that these intense feelings i have are normal.. and secondly by after taking all this in (your articles) I have found that a I am coping in a healthy manner as i am already doing all the things you suggest here ..

    The worst part of my journey is this (the short version) ..

    We have been dating exclusively for a year having a long distance relationship seeing each other one week a month .. but communicating at length daily .. though Email .. beautiful love letters and long phone calls etc. .. and then he started acting odd but he never actually “broke~up” with me .. meaning he never told me he was done and needed to move on without me he just simply stopped talking with me, then slowly stopped answering my calls and e~mails .. but when he did answer he just kept telling me reassuring everything’s fine and that he’s just real busy with work and that things would get back “normal” soon, however they never did (get back to normal)

    I knew something was very wrong but before i confront him and end the relationship with him face to face well he without reason or explanation was just GONE .. he stopped contacting me completely !

    I know now that he’s fine as in alive and well as i have inadvertently ran across his path online .. lol .. needlessly to say being left behind without ANY kind of good~bye brings about a whole extra and unnecessary hurts to deal with .. and so agin that has been the hardest part of coping ah well anyway I’m getting better and am almost back to me ..

    Just felt like sharing ..

    Thank You for both your empathy and validation,


  7. Tom W. February 25, 2008 at 11:23 pm #

    Hi, going through many of the break up sins above !! My thoughts, as long as we concentrate on the other partner and what their reasons are/could be, we keep that Negative Energy/Emotion coming from them, flowing through us!! This again as Stated by Eddie C. is Negative Emotions & or Energy we don’t need to expierence!!!! Only Harmful so Let it go and be OK with Yourself!!
    Heart Felt Empathy to All that are Hurting!!!!

  8. Eddie Corbano March 3, 2008 at 7:54 am #

    Debb, thank you for sharing your thoughts.

    It happens very often that we don’t get the opportunity for closure. It’s difficult.

    But to get over it we in reality don’t need closure, it’s just a question of acceptance. Once you are beyond the acceptance-phase, you will no longer feel the need for closure.

    All the best,


  9. Markus April 8, 2008 at 3:16 am #

    Met a great girl, she told me everything I’ve been secretly waiting all my life to hear. As a man, I crave a woman to tell me I’m hot and that she respects me, so know what I mean. she came along and ruffled my feathers, pushed all my buttons. I fell hard for her. Then I panicked, I froze with fear, I knew she was married, never intended to fall for her. Now, she’s gone. I miss her. I hate her. I love her. I hate her. I never want to see her. But, I want her. She loves me, man.

  10. Mimi June 21, 2008 at 8:28 pm #

    I am with my live-in boyfriend of almost 2 years. I am 47 years old, he is 36 years old. I am a Caucasion American, he is a Black illegal alien from Kenya, East Africa.

    I am a middle aged overweight empty nester who feels extremely lonely and longing for a nice man to have a loving relationship with. He is a negative, bitter, envious, jealous, childish, alcoholic controlling man who only thinks his ways are the right ways and shows no care or concern for anyone’s feelings but his own.

    He has told me not to love him because he doesnt want that. He has told me he is not capable of returning love and I should go and find someone who can but then refuses to leave my home and allow me to move on with my life.

    He is still legally married to an African American woman who he still is having contact with stringing her along trying to get his papers.

    He has told me numerous times on several different occassions that I am not the woman for him. He has told me that I am not petite and that his type of woman should be very skinny and petite, young and of child bearing age. He has told me that he doesnt enjoy having sex with me but he does so “to keep me from having sex with anyone else” so that I do not cheat on him. He has told me that because I am 11 years older than he is and cannot have children anymore he will find a very skinny young woman to have kids with. Someone from his own country (Kenya). He told me just the other day, “what type of a future can I have with you? I cannot have a future with you. You cannot give me children. I am a 37 year old young man and I want to have a couple of kids — 2 kids.” He has one child from a previous relationship living in his country of origin (Kenya) that he has never met or seen face to face. He left his country to come to the USA when his girlfriend was still pregnant.

    When he sees me in a good mood he will do anything in his power to make me angry either by saying something insulting or calling women in his country and then speaking to them in Swahili giggling and laughing so that I cannot understand what he is saying. He claims these women who are calling him and he is calling are his “cousins”. He has received text messages from his so called “cousins” that were written in ENGLISH that said “my sweetheart this is your love”…. Hardly seems like a cousin to me!
    He has told me that he doesnt have to speak in English just for me and that if I want to know what he is saying I should learn to speak his language which is Swahili. His previous marriage to an African American woman failed but she still clings to him and is trying to get him to go back living with her. She has two young children from two different failed relationships. She is much younger than me and just a few years younger than he is (age 33) and is of child bearing age.

    The love I once felt for this man has turned to pure HATE and I cannot stand the very sight of him. I don’t know how to get rid of him!!!!

  11. Kelley Smith September 4, 2008 at 7:10 pm #



    To remove this foul human being from your live, contact the Immigration Department first, then get an order from the court barring him for your property. Please then make a call to the Police telling them of your order and when he will return.

    This monster of man will not being an illegal put up a fight with the INS, the Court and the Police. He is too selfish to bring harm to himself.

    You are strong enough to do this, and will prove when you complete it.

    Love and peace to you

  12. Avis Bailee September 15, 2008 at 10:11 am #

    all of them:
    Pride because I often take pride in something I’ve achieved.
    Greed because I always want more than I have
    Envy because I’m often jealous of my husband and anyone else who’s better off than I am.
    Wrath because I’m quick to get back at people.
    Lust is sort of a past one. I cheated on my husband for a full year while we were in separate countries. I haven’t cheated in two years but I still Lust for him.
    Gluttony… we’re in America.
    Sloth is a big one. I’m always on my rear and I hate work.

    Wow, I sound like a terrible person.

  13. kim c September 21, 2008 at 11:03 pm #

    Markus, i can relate.. it’s the worst but he doesnt ever actually leave.and i dont ever want him to go!!! i feel that u don’t know what you have till you loose it. And maybe she’ll’re for her..and she’ll be back for u and only u!!!@Markus

  14. Douw March 26, 2009 at 9:39 am #

    Thanks for this info. I passed it on to a friend who is now going through a relationship crisis and about all you mention here I told him already… Relationships are hard work, that is for sure a fact ! Keep up the great work.

  15. Mutuelle April 14, 2009 at 9:55 am #

    Thanks for the advises. Breaking up is really hard but life got to go on.
    I think that clingling is the worst of all.

  16. Miz Helena April 22, 2009 at 9:40 am #

    Boredom, communication breakdown, routine and lack of respect are serious issues that contribute to other areas failing. We slowly creep towards it, sometimes too busy to notice until we usually explode. We should be taking the time to connect, to listen, to share and to respect each other. Great post. You raise the import atributes of why relationships fail.

  17. Shebear July 19, 2009 at 9:16 am #

    I have taken 3 years to get over my last love. I have finally come to realise that this man never loved me and that he used me and degraded me and that instead of me speaking my mind on a few things I allowed him to in subtle way to put my body and my feelings down in a most extraordinary way . I hung in there way too long but I can say it now. HEY SUNSHINE I AM SO OVER YOU.I feel good now.

  18. Eddie Corbano July 19, 2009 at 10:45 am #

    It feels so good to be able to say that, does it – to have learned something on that way makes all the suffering worth it.

  19. Angela August 1, 2009 at 12:12 pm #

    oh yeah, really agree with it

    got an over 1 year long distance relationship even met his family, things goes well, until i back and made the huge mistake on point 2#, now seems break up last month….

    dunno if anythig still can save it, feel too into it,can never be serious like this time i guess…

  20. April W October 11, 2009 at 3:07 pm #

    Eddie you are great! I have been going through a rough break up and everything you say has helped. I thought it was a good idea to watch the movie “He’s just not that into you” I like the movie but the points you make are much more valid! You should make a movie. Thanks for the help, I have been referring people in similar situations to this website.

  21. Cynthia November 18, 2009 at 9:56 am #

    I love your website. Your insights on Break-ups have givien me a great deal of clarity. I just left my boyfriend of 4 years three days ago because I found out he had been seeing another girl. IT WAS SO HARD TO LEAVE. I can’t describe it in any other way except that it felt like my heart had melted. He was my bestfriend. I thought we had a great relationship and that we would always be a team. He says it started because we weren’t intimate enough. He was wrong to see someone else before ending it with me. He could have save undue hurt and pain by just being honest with me. He was right because we had talked about working on intimacy issues but I dreaded it because I got lost in routine and I lost attraction to him because the ambitions that once made him the man I loved were no longer there. He had no goals or interests in finding a direction in life. I felt like I was always mothering him and giving him things to get excited about that he could try to do. I got so lost in his indecisions that our whole relationship became that way too. It was hard to leave because I felt sorry for him because he has no sense of direction, no car, no furniture—it was all mine. But I knew that if I didn’t I would resent him and would drive myself crazy with insecurities about where he was at ….what’s he doing …..who’s he with……kind of stuff……..and I don’t want to be that person. I’m accepting that it’s hard to be true to yourself sometimes when your heart is broken but that there are people that care about you and want to see you happy. I know I will have weak moments but they are fewer as I start to decide more and more what I want out of life. I am taking this time to heal and to rebuild my self-esteem instead of focusing on what could have been. I have accepted that I don’t want my ex-boyfriend anymore and that it’s okay to start living again!

  22. Trish January 12, 2010 at 5:11 pm #

    I have just gone through my second divorce June and decided I need time just for me. An old friend from years ago came into my life recently and is in a relationship he does not want to be in. He has taken me to dinner and given me flowers twice now. I realized that we were turning into a relationship, yet, I know I am not ready and don’t want one. Red flag 1: he is still with his gf, even if in separate rooms it is not really over Red flag 2: he has told me he loves me and sees us growing old together. I backed off, I do like him, but said we need to wait. Now I am sucked back in again and need to reestablish the boundaries. I think having someone, after my former husband found a new full time gf so quickly played a role, he is a nice guy and it is an ego boost. But I also feel that what little free time I have is being used to plan around seeing him again, and that is not how I want to spend my time. I want to keep the friendship, but the intimacy is something I am not ready for. I also got pulled back in when I heard from him less, realizing now that he really can’t be that free with me either, he has to finish ending what he has, so I got put on the shelf. How do you do this gracefully?

  23. MX May 9, 2010 at 9:11 pm #

    My ex of 3 years just broke up with me 2 months ago and i'm still finding it hard to let go. He keeps calling me and texting me even though he says he's in love with another girl just because he claims that i'll always be his best friend. I really hate him but i cant bear to ignore him completely.
    I'm so screwed but i guess i'm trying to let go bit by bit.

    Thanks for all that help, Eddie! 😀

  24. Hutoru94 September 9, 2010 at 10:54 pm #

    I broke up with my ex-boyfriend because he was too clingy… literally. He would hug my arm and ask me if I love him every 10 seconds while walking on the sidewalk. then he would demand to know where I was or what i was doing every 10 minutes, and call me at least 3 times a day. I don't know if this happens to everyone, but having a clingy guy made me feel trapped. I broke up with him, but he still calls me every 10 minutes to ask me if I would take him back. after a month, he called me the last time and demanded that I won't tell anyone how clingy he was. I obviously could not listen to him after a month of long, boring, and annoying phone calls. If you have a clingy boyfriend, the be careful. he might drag you down and trap you.

  25. discozombie November 29, 2010 at 4:28 am #

    Wow. I can honestly say that my last relationship had every single one of these problems. Some were mine and some were his and some were caused by both of us. In the back of my mind I could see it, but my heart kept me blinded to reality!

  26. Diana January 4, 2011 at 4:45 am #

    I’ve tried to slowly fight each of the deadly sins in a relationship. It’s not easy. It takes a lot of growth and maturity, but most importantly it takes a lot of self-love..self-confidence…a high sense of self-worth. With regards to number 7, I tried my best to prevent that…I tried doing Kegel exercises and purchasing pleasure objects to spice up our sex life…It worked, but the underlying problems still surfaced in spite of the good surprises and great sex.

  27.  Dating May 10, 2011 at 12:28 pm #

    One part psycho-social moral analysis, one part satirical commentary with a dash of postmodern commentary added for flavor, The 7 Deadly Sins: A Very Partial List by Aviad Kleinberg purports a new spin on the accepted concepts of sin. … Kleinberg begins by examining the biblical origins of sin and the relationship between man and God in light of sin. He questions the nature of man’s free will from creation to the formation of religion and other …

  28. Vinka Maras June 3, 2011 at 8:53 am #

    Great article.. This should be read before actual breakup.. Now its over for me 🙁 I did all 7 sins… I was aware of them, tried to solve it together.. But he said they were mine problems, and I have to resolve them myself.. I obviously couldn’t 🙁
    But I hope I’ll learn from this…
    Thank you!

  29. Pup July 28, 2013 at 11:59 am #

    I made a lot those mistakes towards the end, because of numerous personal issues which I was just trapped in, although I know thats not really an excuse. I didnt know how to communicate and it took him breaking up with me to really see and acknowledge what I was doing. I’m working on bettering on myself and figuring out why I did the things I did, so I can make sure not to repeat it, he knows this. Maybe in time he will let the pain I caused him subside and be able to find forgiveness and build something new and stronger. And if not, then it will have all been a very difficult lesson that I needed to learn, so I could get myself to the best version of me.

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