R-E-S-P-E-C-T. We all remember how Aretha Franklin impressed those letters in our minds with her timeless song. Otis Redding, another great singer, also performed this song. I guess we can consider both songs the female and male version of that which is imperative to any relationship.
Respect is understanding that someone is important and treated in an appropriate way with a high and extraordinary regard. It is not enough to simply say “I respect you” to your mate. Your actions should be demonstrative of this understanding.
You should have an expectation that every interaction with your mate, including disagreements, will be tempered with respect. You should also have a defined consequence for any situation where you are disrespected, and it should be non-negotiable.
If you witness a date being disrespectful to others, then you should actively give consideration in continuing to date this person.
Do you have a defined consequence for disrespectful situations?