Conflict isn’t necessarily bad, just as a disagreement is not necessarily a fight. In fact, being able to engage in and settle conflict is a sure way to make sure an open, honest relationship can flourish.
Neediness is a concern a lot of people in relationships have. It’s not good to rely solely on your partner for all your emotional support. However, you and your partner should feel comfortable admitting what your needs are and when those needs are not being met.
Being able to let a partner know when you’ve felt slighted or under-appreciated is important. Just as important, though, is voicing when you feel appreciated and validated by your partner. This also forces you to get in touch with how you’re feeling and how you can effectively communicate it.
Space is necessary for any relationship to work. Distance, physical or emotional, allows for a recharge or a cool-down if needed. Individual partners might need a different amount of space, though.
A lot of people complain that their friends change once they enter relationships. Yeah, if your previously extroverted friend becomes suddenly timid, even fearful in front of their partner, that’s a real red flag. But there’s nothing wrong with being changed by someone. Love can change you if you’re not afraid to let it.