Despite your eternal optimism, you've got a troubled relationship history. Your previous matchups have had a way of turning into mismatches -- with your expansive, confident partners running roughshod over playful little you. It's possible that your lovers were significantly older than you, or in some way more worldly -- better educated?
more advanced career-wise? Certainly you felt at a disadvantage next to them, more like a student listening to a teacher's discourse or a kid being lectured by a parent than a true partner. That, coupled with your tendency to blurt out anything that crosses your mind, has left you feeling like a child on a leash.Don't give up on relationships, though, because there's a lot your ideal partner can teach you if you're able to walk the fine line between willing acolyte and bullied wretch. Demand respect from others. Determine within yourself that a polite tone of voice is a must, and snide remarks won't be tolerated. Once you begin standing up for yourself, the balance of power in your relationships will shift, and you can start enjoying the pleasant buzz of a stimulating love relationship.