Early in a relationship, you may not know or even care where you end and where your partner begins, as you merge into a couple. However, that feeling of losing yourself in the relationship may also contribute to losing your identity. As the relationship unfolds, you may begin to grow resentful of giving up vital parts of yourself, especially if these self-sacrifices are expected or demanded by your partner. This can cause you to rebel, and express yourself in exaggerated or extreme ways that can threaten the relationship. Positive reciprocal relationships encourage giving of yourself, while your partner continues to respect the boundaries of your need for independence, and vice versa.
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