When it comes to relationships, the partner who is the least invested in making the relationship work is actually the one who holds the greatest power.
Think about it, when you’re deeply in love with someone who doesn’t love you back, your intense commitment to “making it work” might be the least of the concerns of your significant other. Their lack of interest, in effect, gives them the power to walk away and leave you heartbroken or broke.
Some people mistakenly believe that anger is an opposite of love, but apathy and lack of respect are the truest enemies of caring. When a partner no longer feels invested enough to argue or dignify comments with a response, it’s likely that their heart has shifted and the connection is no more. If a person has no concern for the partner's feelings, that person now holds the balance of power regarding the future of your relationship.
If you feel that your relationship power is shifting – that you are losing ground or you feel a frisson of ennui or a burgeoning sense of apathy towards your partner – take preventive action before the relationship loses its vitality.