Jealousy means that they have issues with control and/or insecurity. If you have a jealous partner, you are not responsible for how they react. It's a subtly toxic message that poisons our ideas of what it means to be in a romantic relationship.
Some people think that relationships should always be easy. Others think that they are all about hard work and sacrifice. The truth is probably somewhere in the middle. Love can’t overcome all obstacles, however, and it’s not healthy to go into a relationship thinking that you don’t need anything else.
Have you ever been told to wait until you find the one, or that once you meet your soulmate everything will just click? Talk about unrealistic expectations! Searching for your soulmate isn’t a great way to approach dating. Expecting to get struck by a thunderbolt of instant chemistry and love is even worse.
“If they can’t handle me at my worst, then they don’t deserve me at my best,” is the kind of thing a raging egomaniac says after burning down their own life with needless drama. That’s not healthy self-esteem. It’s a refusal to acknowledge the work you need to do on yourself.
Okay, but sometimes things don’t work out. While you shouldn’t give up the very first time you stumble, at some point you might be better off choosing a different path.