7 Signs Your Partner's Your Soulmate, Based On How They Act When You’re Apart

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When it comes to discovering whether or not you and your partner are meant to be, you may end up constantly examining your time together for clues. Still, spending time apart in a relationship is a given, and you may wonder how your understanding of the relationship can grow, even when you and your partner aren’t in the same place. According to relationship experts, there’s a lot to learn from time apart.

“The way a partner acts when apart certainly provides insight into a relationship,” David Bennett, certified counselor and relationship expert with Double Trust Dating, tells Bustle. “At the very least it will tell you your partner's attachment style ([which can] help determine whether both partners are on the same page), and it offers insight into how each person views the relationship. Also, how each partner behaves when apart can provide important clues about how close the relationship really is.” So keep an eye on your partner’s communication and emotions when you’re not physically together — you may learn a lot.

And keep in mind that finding it difficult to go through these periods of time does not necessarily mean a kiss of death for your relationship. Not everyone has to be good at separation, especially since it tends to draw out anxiety in some,” Rabbi Mark Wildes, relationship expert, couples counselor, and author of Beyond the Instant tells Bustle. “The values that are built in a relationship, like trust and communication, are what distance really tests.” You can look to certain clues to really start to unpack where the relationship is headed.

Here are seven signs your partner’s your soulmate, based on how they act when you’re apart.