The Top 15 Traits of a Reliable Partner

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A good relationship is all about compromise. From business to the bedroom, having a reliable partner is a must. When looking in any romantic relationship, these different traits are what make the best kind of person to be with.

1. An Active Listener

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Being able to listen to your partner and vice versa is a very important trait. An open line of communication creates a stable environment. However, the importance of listening goes much deeper. It goes without saying; to really listen you need to be actually paying attention. Active Empathetic Listening is an actual psychological term that describes how well you are listening to someone else. By sensing, processing, and responding, you are directly making an emotional connection and creating a clear sense of communication and understanding.

2. Emotionally Intelligent


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Emotional intelligence sounds silly; however it is really important in a relationship. It is  basically knowing why you are feeling what you are feeling. When a little kid is crying over something that seems ridiculous, like not being able to push an elevator button, it’s because children do not yet have the capacity  to understand their emotions. When a child feels frustrated or angry, they don’t understand why, and that’s why they react the way they do. This happens to adults as well, and we see many tantrums in adulthood. Being able to recognize how you feel is important because it allows your partner to know what actions make you feel a certain way.

3. Empathetic

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They say what separates humans from animals is empathy. Being able to empathize with your partner is vital in any relationship. As humans, one of the most important emotions is the feeling of being validated. When a partner can achieve empathy and validate their loved one, they support them and create a therapeutic bond. There is a reason why we need to vent after a bad day at work. Empathy is also the ability to pick up social cues. If you see a person crying and try to console them, you are being empathetic to a situation, in turn, creating a better emotional environment.

4. Open Minded

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Say you really want to go see a band and you want to bring your significant other, but they shut you down immediately because it isn’t they’re scene. Automatically, you feel like two things: insignificant and an outsider. This can cause serious damage in a relationship. Having an open mind is so important because it allows for that special key of compromise to work. It is always good to have things in common with your partner, however keeping an open mind and trying new things will keep your relationship exciting. With an open mind, anything is possible.

5. Organized



Having a partner who is organized is a lifesaver. They are never late, they remember special dates, and they remember your favorite things. Being organized actually makes you happier and with less stress. An organized partner can always help you when you have a deadline or you’re stuck with something. Just like in business, an organized partner will never make you feel unprepared, making them completely reliable. It makes for a better life, with much more time focused on important things compared to trying to find where you put that invitation.

6. Passionate


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When your partner has goals they want to obtain, it supports your own will to get things done. Passion is sometimes the only thing that keeps people going, and it is necessary for any relationship. Sensibly, indifference is also one of the biggest killers of relationships. Having passion not only increases your own happiness but those around you as well. It also promotes a life outside your relationship. If your partner is passionate about something, it is likely they are growing as a person.

7. Supportive

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Just like having your own passion, your partner should be supportive of the goals you set for yourself. Being supportive helps you feel important and will likely be very impactful to what you are doing. A supportive partner is willing to back you up no matter what, they believe in what you are doing, and will be with you every step of the way. Having that person to help hold  you up will not only benefit whatever you are doing but make your relationship stronger.

8. Responsible



This has two parts. A reliable partner, of course, has to be responsible. You don’t want some to go off the handle one minute or make a risky choice. Whenever your partner does something that isn’t beneficial it is going to affect you. On the other side, a reliable partner is someone who takes responsibility for their actions whether good or bad. If you partner can’t say they were wrong, there’s going to be a big problem in the future.

9. Healthy


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Anyone taking their health seriously is a reliable person. By making sure you are living a healthy lifestyle, you are saying that you want to be around longer. That, in turn, lets you be able to do all these things on this list longer for your partner. A person who cares about their health is also going to care about yours. Anyone who cares enough about your health because they want you around longer is a showing of their character and their love for you.

10. Independent


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In a relationship, it’s important that each person has their own independent identity as well as their connected identity with their partner. A reliable partner is able to be independent from their significant other and is able to do things on their own. While it is completely okay to ask for help, independence is still a great trait for your partner t have. It shows you that your partner is able to support themselves and not depend on you. Being able to be confident in one’s self is important for any relationship to thrive.

11. Willing to Learn


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Just like someone who is open-minded, a reliable partner must be able to be willing to learn. When presented with a conflict, your partner needs to be able to change their way of thinking to overcome an obstacle. If someone refuses to expand their knowledge, they become stagnate in their own shortcomings. A person who continues to learn is not only valuable but wonderful to have around; he/she will always take your opinions knowing that another perspective can lead to solving the problem.

12. Available and Reliable

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If someone isn’t available, what good is it to have all these traits? Being available is necessary in a reliable relationship because it shows that you care. When a partner isn’t available it makes the other person doubt the relationship. Being available shows that you care.

13. Trustworthy

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Trust is clearly very important in any relationship, but to have a reliable partner, trust is a must. Trust isn’t a one-way street; in order to have a truly reliable partner you need to be able to trust them and they need to be able to trust you. It’s important to have that mutual agreement that you know everything will be okay. Trust brings two people closer together; this is why when trust is broken it can break a relationship faster than anything.

14. Shared Visions and Goals


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While you should be passionate about each other’s aspirations, you should also have the same goals and wishes. Say you love kids and you want five, but your partner doesn’t want any—that’s going to cause problems in the long run. When you want the same things, your partner will work even harder to make those goals possible.

15. Team Player


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A reliable partner is also going to be a fair partner. A fair partner is also going to be a team player, which is so important in a relationship because it not only make your bond better but the bond with others around you, including family and friends. Those who show good team player skills are often better to depend on for large projects and difficult problems. They are often more concentrated on getting the job done then who they are doing it with. They will probably give you the credit too!


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  • Braiden Chastain

    I love all of these traits! It’s so important to look for good traits in someone we want to spend a lot of time and years with! Thanks for these. Also, love the GIF’s.

  • I love this list! I’m happy to say that Nate fits most (if not all) of these! <3

  • Belle Vie A Deux

    Soooo true! If they would be a good business partner thats a good sign :) think with your heart and your head! SO smart!

  • Christy Fleener

    These are great! Glad by bf fits all of these :)