How To Navigate a Situationship

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Figuring Out a Situationship

A situationship is generally a casual, indeterminate relationship. They’re formed out of coincidence or convenience, and people don’t usually enter into them with much forethought. Situationships often form between people who exist in close proximity, such as neighbors or coworkers. Typically, the relationship forms after multiple instances of contact that become habitual without a discussion about what the involved parties want from a relationship. If you’re not sure whether you’re in a situationship, ask yourself the following questions:

Do you know how to define the relationship? Do you know what the two of you expect from each other? Do you know how the other person feels about you? If the answer to most or all of these questions is “no,” then you’re probably in a situationship.

If everyone involved feels truly content with the relationship as it is and does not secretly desire anything else, a situationship can be a great experience. However, it’s fairly common for at least one person in the relationship to start wanting something more. In that case, if there is no clear communication — whether it is due to a fear of rejection, an aversion to conflict, a desire to be seen as “low maintenance,” or something else entirely — this can quickly sour the dynamic into something negative.

To prevent things from going wrong, it’s important to navigate each and every situationship with care. If you’re strategic and self-aware in your approach, you can keep the relationship healthy and positive for everyone involved.

1. Embody the Dynamic

Feel comfortable leaning into the lack of commitment. Don’t assume what the other person wants, and definitely don’t try to alter your behavior based on those speculations. Turn your focus inward and figure out how you want to behave on any given day. A common trait of situationships, after all, is that you have not agreed to or shared many expectations. As such, it’s important that you don’t act on expectations that haven’t been explicitly expressed, and don’t presume that your partner will put more into your connection unless you ask them to.

Only reach out when you genuinely want to, don’t hide your true self, don’t share things that you’d rather keep private, and make decisions based on what is best for you.

2. Remain Flexible

Because situationships generally don’t involve a lot of communication, things may be unpredictable. You may see each other every day for a while, then suddenly go three weeks without seeing each other at all. The other person may share something that makes you want to get to know them better — or something that makes you want to end things. Go with the flow and see how you like it. You may learn that the lack of structure helps you thrive, or you might decide that you hate it. The insight you gain into yourself and the sense of adaptability you develop will be invaluable.

3. Experiment With the Freedom

People spend so much time feeling like their personal worth is defined by their romantic and intimate relationships. Being in a situationship grants you the unique opportunity to experience a degree of intimacy and closeness without having an obligation to a committed partner or needing to shape your life around anyone else. Explore a hobby that you’ve always wanted to try, or return to a passion project that you’d previously put on hold.  

Consider dabbling in nonmonogamy while you aren’t living under the structures of a relationship (though remember that it’s important to be honest and open with people about how many partners you’re seeing in order to respect everyone’s consent and safety). While you aren’t under an obligation to live according to someone else’s desires, honesty and transparency are always vital to human connection. Be straightforward!

4. Embrace the Unknown

Maybe you are in a situationship because you’re unsure what you desire from romance. All too often, people feel pushed to make decisions before they really understand what they want. One of the blessings of a situationship is that it can give you the time and space you need to figure out what you desire organically. Go with the flow, enjoy yourself, and don’t stress about what you don’t know. You can learn a lot about yourself when you leave space for your feelings to emerge.

5. If It Doesn’t Work, Change It

Situationships may offer some people the freedom they need, but the lack of clarity may stress others out. If the absence of commitment doesn’t work for you, change your dynamic or reach out to clarify your relationship. This will end your situationship as you know it, but you may wind up in a committed relationship instead — or the relationship could end altogether. That may seem scary, but it’s worth it. If you are unhappy, you shouldn’t stay still just because you want to avoid rocking the boat.

Making a Situationship Work for You

Situationships can be tricky. You can sometimes even find yourself in one without even knowing how you got there. And once you’re there, you may not know how you feel or what you want to do next. If possible, give yourself some time and space before you make any decisions, and consider implementing some of the above suggestions. Ultimately, do what feels right to you. There is no wrong way to go about this as long as you’re honest with both your partner and yourself. If you need further insight or an outside perspective, a conversation with a spiritual leader or Love Psychic may be able to offer the guidance you need.

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