Sometimes, it can be hard to know what you should consider acceptable or "normal" behavior in a long-term relationship. This is especially true if you haven't been in very many of them, and have drawn most of your knowledge of them from public and media discussions of long-term relationships, which often play up the negative aspects of being with a partner for a long time. But while every relationship comes with its own unique set of standards, rules and problems, there are certain things you should never have to put up with in a long-term relationship. When you have invested years of your life in a person, it can be really easy to overlook or excuse their behavior even if it makes you miserable because it will be difficult to move out, because you're afraid of having to find a new social circle, because your family will be disappointed, or just because you don't want to go through the devastating heartbreak of a split.
Sara Crolick. This can mean overdoing it with an exercise regimen or diet, it can mean missing important details about a new job, and it can most certainly relate to our relationships. The lure and sparkle of a partnership can blind us to areas of incompatibility or relationship red flags. While personality quirks or bad habits can be overlooked or change over time, there are some red flags that should not be ignored as they might be indicative of more serious—even dangerous—concerns.
The dictionary defines behavior as activity in a human or animal. Behavior refers to actions and is synonymous with conduct. We choose the type of behavior we allow in our lives. For example, in one home, cussing and swearing may be normal and acceptable behavior. But in another home, that would be considered inappropriate.
Unacceptable behaviors range from minor conduct violations to dangerous actions. Unacceptable workplace behaviors are typically outlined in a company's employee policy manual along with the company code of conduct. While these formal documents usually cover the more common, critical and extreme types of behaviors, more etiquette-centered behaviors aren't always covered but are also important to understand.