The idea of there being a soulmate, one person out there that you're absolutely perfectly suited for and who you should spend your life with, if only you can find them, is one that's deeply engrained in some cultures. You see it play out over and over again on TV shows, in movies, and in your favorite books. The only problem is that there are some toxic misconceptions about soulmates that a lot of people likely don't spend much time talking about, let alone thinking about.
While the idea of a relationship with the person who is truly your one true soulmate might sound appealing — there's romance, blissful happiness, and nothing ever goes wrong, after all — there are also a lot of scary, not so great feelings associated with it, especially if you don't think you've found yours yet. Some people who buy into the concept of soulmates put so much pressure on themselves to find that person, thinking that if they just keep searching, eventually they'll find them and get their own happily ever after. One of the many problems with the idea that there's only one person out there for you is that relationships — like people themselves — aren't perfect or predictable, so you don't necessarily know how things will go when you first meet someone. Whether you buy into the idea or not, the toxic misconceptions about soulmates warrant at least a little bit of consideration.