Are you “stalking” your boyfriend or girlfriend on Facebook? Waiting for them to put their iPhone down so you can check their texts?? Confidence is something I find lacking in a lot of people I’ve met. Especially in relationships. People are always second guessing their decisions or wondering what the other person is thinking. I hear a lot about Facebook status. I have students who will tell me what their boyfriend or girlfriend’s status is and ask me what I think that means. Facebook and technology in general are great, but they also can have a negative impact on people’s confidence.
Often I have people who talk about who their boyfriend or girlfriend are “friends” with on Facebook. Every post is analyzed to see if that person is interested in someone else. It takes a lot of energy to stalk the internet and be a creeper on people’s Facebook pages. It might be better to use your energy to improve your confidence or deal with the trust issues you may have.
There are a couple of reasons it is hard to trust. One, because you may not believe in yourself. I know people who think they aren’t good enough and are afraid their boyfriend or girlfriend will leave them. It causes people to over analyze every interaction their boyfriend or girlfriend has with the opposite sex. Two, you may have been betrayed in the past. If someone’s ex cheated on them, it is going to be hard to trust in the next relationship. It also adds to feeling not good enough. Three, your boyfriend or girlfriend could be making another person more of a priority in their lives. This is a gray area, but sometimes opposite sex friendships can cross boundaries. If a boundary is being crossed, it could lead you to feel less trusting.
The truth is that you are good enough. In a relationship you only control 50%. That is the risk of getting involved with someone else. You could get hurt! If you want to avoid being hurt, stay single. All you can control is being the best person you can be in the relationship. Being close to perfect won’t guarantee that person won’t leave, cheat, or in rare cases, die. It could happen even you are the best girlfriend or boyfriend ever. But YOU are the only person in the relationship YOU can control. If you treat that person well and give them all the love you have, then they would be an idiot to lose you. If someone doesn’t want to be with you, let them leave so you can be free to find someone who does. Don’t settle for someone who doesn’t really want to be with you. The rejection does suck, but when you know you have put your heart and soul into the relationship, you can be confident that you weren’t the one with the problem. Sometimes you find people who can’t commit, find it easy to lie, or haven’t grown up yet. It is hard to live and learn, but I find every relationship experience we have teaches us something. I am a wiser person for being hurt a few times. Those mistakes then lead me to the right person.
It is hard to trust. The only alternative to not trusting is to control someone. Controlling someone usually makes that person resent you and want to spend even less time with you. If you are feeling insecure in your relationship be careful that you aren’t becoming controlling. It will only ruin your relationship and you will lose the person you are trying so hard to keep. The more trust you have in someone, the less control you must have. If your boyfriend or girlfriend has broken your trust, you have a couple of choices. You break up with them or you forgive them and find ways to repair the trust. Most people will give someone another chance, but they don’t forgive and they don’t work on repairing the trust. This leads to a controlling relationship.
Is it worth the effort?? If the person is truly sorry, they will find ways to prove to you they are now an honest person. If they aren’t truly sorry, it will happen again and you will have another choice to make. Just remember, if someone cheats on you or lies to you, that doesn’t mean you are the problem. If you think you are part of the problem, find someone who can help you work on the things you want to change. Otherwise, be confident and move on!