One of the benefits of being in a relationship is having the support of your partner — someone who will be there to listen to your problems, boost you up when you're feeling down, and cheer you on when you're having success. This is a major part of a healthy relationship, so if your partner isn't being supportive, it can truly feel like an important piece of the puzzle is missing.
"Having psychological and emotional support in a relationship creates cohesion between two people," licensed psychologist Dr. Danielle Forshee tells Bustle. "It exemplifies the level of attachment, love and care, as well as stability and predictability of the partner. When support is not present, or when support is not consistently present, it renders the relationship vulnerable to being unsuccessful."
Which is, of course, why you need to let your partner know that you're not feeling supported, and figure out ways to fix the problem. For the healthiest relationship, you should both be taking the time to hear each other's problems, helping one another through tough times, and offering encouragement when necessary. If you're noticing any of the signs below that your partner isn't being supportive, it may be time to let them know that these are the things you need.