Navigating relationships can be tricky, because at heart they're all about two imperfect people doing their best to get along. For the most part, trying to be empathetic and understanding about your partner is crucial. However, there are a few otherwise normal habits that can be instant turn-offs for many people. Sometimes these behaviors have a nails-on-chalkboard effect for others.
Of course, this isn't intended to bash anyone who happens to have the following habits. For the most part, everyone is trying in a relationship, and it's only natural to have some bumps along the way. "Of course we all get it wrong sometimes. We miscommunicate, and when we do, we need to make repairs," wrote John Gottman, Ph.D., and Julie Schwartz Gottman Ph.D. in Psychology Today. "Expecting no communication snafus in a relationship is like expecting a hole-in-one every time you hit a golf ball." If turn-offs like these show up in your own relationship, then it's totally OK to discuss them with your partner. And if you see some of yourself in these habits, that's OK too. There are plenty of ways to break a habit (or just own it if you want). So with this in mind, here are some of the more seemingly innocent turn-offs that couples face.