I have several distant relatives where the one spouse (one male, one female) treats the other spouse in almost a contemptuous manner. They don’t treat other people, including me, that way. There is the continual complaining, lack of respect for the other spouse, and lots of other stuff that you could envision.
The question is: why? It is often said that it is from familiarity. But is that truly the case? Is it complacency, where the one spouse believes that they have the other locked in and as such, can do whatever they want? From what I can tell, the people who do this probably don’t even realize that they are doing it. Maybe they just take the relationship for granted. It is something that they just fell into. But why?
Has anybody else seen this? If so, what might be your perspective?