9 things a strong woman will never tolerate in a relationship

There’s a distinct line between compromise and compromise of self in a relationship.

For a strong woman, this line is crystal clear. She knows what she can bend on and what is a flat-out deal breaker.

Being in a relationship doesn’t mean losing your identity or settling for less than you deserve. And there are certain things that simply won’t fly with a woman who stands her ground.

In this article, we’re diving into 9 things a strong woman would never tolerate in her relationship. Hold on tight, because we’re about to get real.

1) Disrespect

A strong woman values herself and expects others to do the same.

Disrespect is a non-negotiable deal-breaker for her. This could be anything from belittling remarks, dismissive behavior, or a consistent lack of consideration.

She knows her worth and doesn’t entertain anyone who fails to recognize it. A relationship is about mutual respect and understanding, and any form of disrespect is a direct violation of this principle.

A strong woman will not tolerate being treated as anything less than she deserves. So if you’re in a relationship with one, always treat her with the utmost respect.

2) Emotional manipulation

I’ve been there, in a relationship where my emotions were used as a tool for control.

It was subtle at first, veiled behind sweet words and caring gestures. But soon, the pattern became clear. My feelings were being manipulated to serve their needs, to make me feel guilty if I didn’t comply.

A strong woman like me, or any person for that matter, will not tolerate emotional manipulation. It’s toxic and damaging, and no one deserves to be in such a situation.

We understand the importance of emotional integrity and refuse to be in a relationship where it’s compromised. We’re aware of our emotional landscape and won’t allow anyone to use it against us.

3) Lack of ambition

A strong woman is often a driven woman. She has goals, dreams, and she’s not afraid to chase them.

Did you know that research from the University of Pennsylvania suggests that people with ambition tend to lead happier lives? They have a purpose, a drive that keeps them going.

So, it’s no surprise that a strong woman won’t tolerate a partner who lacks ambition. She needs someone who can match her drive, who understands the importance of personal growth and has their own aspirations.

Being with someone who’s content with stagnation can be frustrating for her. She thrives in an environment that encourages growth and progress, and she expects the same from her partner.

4) Dishonesty

Honesty and trust are at the core of any strong and healthy relationship. For a strong woman, these are non-negotiable.

Dishonesty, whether it’s lying about the big things or the small things, erodes trust and creates an environment of suspicion and doubt. This is something a strong woman simply won’t stand for.

She values transparency and open communication. She understands that for a relationship to thrive, both partners need to feel safe in expressing their feelings and discussing their concerns.

Any form of dishonesty is a big red flag for her. She knows she deserves a partner who respects her enough to be truthful and upfront.

5) Neglect

Strong women are often incredibly independent, but that doesn’t mean they don’t crave love and attention in a relationship.

Neglect, in any form, is unacceptable. Whether it’s emotional neglect, like not being there for her when she needs you, or physical neglect, such as not spending quality time together, a strong woman won’t stand for it.

She knows the importance of nurturing a relationship and understands that it takes effort from both parties. A strong woman wants a partner who is willing to invest time and energy into making the relationship work.

If you’re not ready to commit to her fully and give her the attention she deserves, a strong woman won’t hesitate to walk away.

6) Unkindness

Kindness is a virtue that’s often overlooked, but not by a strong woman. She understands its true value and won’t settle for a partner who lacks it.

Unkindness, whether towards her, towards others, or even towards oneself, is something she simply can’t tolerate. It’s a reflection of the soul, a window into the true nature of a person.

A strong woman seeks a partner who treats everyone with respect and kindness. She believes in the power of love and compassion, and she wants to be with someone who shares these values.

She knows that true strength lies not in dominance or control, but in kindness and understanding. And she won’t settle for anything less.

7) Poor communication

In a past relationship, I found myself guessing what my partner was thinking or feeling. It was like trying to decipher a complex code with no key. This lack of clear communication led to misunderstandings, hurt feelings, and ultimately, the breakdown of our relationship.

Strong women like myself don’t have time for mind games or cryptic messages. We value clear, open, and honest communication. It’s the lifeline of a healthy relationship.

We understand that not everything can be communicated perfectly, but making an effort to express feelings and thoughts is essential. Failing to communicate effectively or avoiding conversations is something we simply won’t tolerate.

8) Inequality

In any relationship, equality is vital. A strong woman knows her worth and refuses to be in a relationship where she’s treated as less than an equal.

Whether it’s about making decisions together, sharing household chores, or supporting each other’s dreams and ambitions, she expects her partner to treat her with equal respect and consideration.

Any form of inequality, be it subtle or obvious, is unacceptable to her. She knows that for a relationship to thrive, both partners need to be seen, heard, and valued equally.

If you’re not ready to treat her as an equal in every aspect, a strong woman won’t think twice before stepping away.

9) Loss of individuality

A strong woman cherishes her individuality. She’s worked hard to become the person she is, and she won’t let a relationship rob her of her unique identity.

She needs a partner who respects her individuality, supports her personal growth, and loves her for who she is, not who they want her to be.

She won’t tolerate being molded into someone else’s ideal or losing herself in the process of loving someone else. Her identity is non-negotiable. And any relationship that threatens it simply won’t last.

Essence: It’s about self-respect

At the heart of it all, it’s about self-respect. A strong woman respects herself and expects the same from her partner.

Maya Angelou once said, “Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option.” This quote beautifully encapsulates the essence of a strong woman’s stance in a relationship.

She won’t settle for less than she deserves, and she certainly won’t tolerate any behavior that undermines her self-worth. She understands that love is about respect, understanding, and mutual growth.

So, if there’s one thing to take away from this, it’s this: A strong woman knows her worth. She won’t tolerate anything less in a relationship. And neither should you.

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Tina Fey

Tina Fey

I've ridden the rails, gone off track and lost my train of thought. I'm writing for Ideapod to try and find it again. Hope you enjoy the journey with me.

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