If you’re frazzled, trying to juggle a thousand things, and don’t have time to constantly assure him that you’re in love with him, he’ll be sad and depressed. His co-dependent behavior puts an extraordinary amount of pressure on you to always make sure you’re in a good mood so he doesn’t get down.
15. He’s overly sensitive to criticism.
No one likes to be criticized, but insecure people take even the kindest, most constructive criticism really badly. They have low self-esteem and cannot bear to have their suspicions about themselves validated when someone points out a flaw.
If you open up and tell your partner that he’s smothering you and you need a little time alone, he’s likely to turn it around on you. Instead of listening to your concerns, reflecting on his behavior and promising to back off a little to give you space, he’s more likely to turn it around. – by Chrissy S.