Are you sensing a distance in your relationship that never before existed? Perhaps a new job, family, or exterior stress has placed a damper on the intimacy and closeness that you and your partner once had. Lack of communication is one of the most common warning signs, and it causes increased fear with one or sometimes both partners that a relationship won't last. Is lack of acknowledgment of your feelings left you feeling discouraged, sad, or even worse, that your opinions don't even matter?
There is a high likelihood that your partner may be feeling the same way, and is just as committed to staying together as you are, but hasn't found the right time or right way to mention their specific feelings. You might both have an equal interest in the repair of your relationship, but if a breach of trust or recent conflict has clouded the situation beyond the point of communication, it can become increasingly difficult to know how to approach repairing the relationship. Maybe you've heard the old saying "don't go to bed angry", so you approached your partner too quickly before they had a chance to fully understand the situation and they haven't even formulated an opinion yet. Even actions with the purest of intentions can sometimes cause resentment if a person is not ready for the initial discussion. A sense of safety, closeness, and respect is imperative to learning to connect and communicate more honestly and openly with one's spouse or partner.