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Are You In A Healthy or Unhealthy Relationship? Let's Check It Out

Healthy Relationships

Healthy relationships share certain characteristics that both men and women should have. They include:

  1. Mutual Respect. Respect means that each person values who the other is and understands the other person’s boundaries.
  2. Trust. Partners should place trust in each other and give each other the benefit of the doubt.
  3. Honesty. It builds trust and strengthens the relationship.
  4. Compromise. In a dating relationship, each partner does not always get his or her way. Each should acknowledge different points of view and be willing to give and take.
  5. Individuality. Neither partner should have to compromise who the partner is and each should be supportive of his/her partner wanting to pursue what the other loves to do.
  6. Good Communication. Each partner should speak honestly and openly to avoid miscommunication. If one person needs to sort out his or her feelings first, the other partner should respect those wishes and wait until he or she is ready to talk.
  7. Anger Control. We all get angry, but how we express it can affect our relationships with others. Anger can be handled in healthy ways such as taking a deep breath, counting to ten, or talking it out.
  8. Fighting Fair. Everyone argues at some point, but those who are fair, stick to the subject, and avoid insults are more likely to come up with a possible solution. Partners should take a short break away from each other if the discussion gets too heated.
  9. Problem Solving. Dating partners can learn to solve problems and identify new solutions by breaking a problem into small parts or by talking through the situation.
  10. Understanding. Each partner should take time to understand what the other might be feeling.
  11. Healthy Intimate Relationship. Partners should engage in intimate relationship that both are comfortable with, and neither partner feels pressured or forced to engage in intimate activity that is outside his or her comfort zone or without consent.

Unhealthy Relationships

Unhealthy relationships are marked by characteristics such as disrespect and control. It is important for partners to be able to recognize signs of unhealthy relationships before they escalate. Some characteristics of unhealthy relationships include:

  1. Control. A partner makes all the decisions and tells the other what to do, what to wear, or who to spend time with. He or she is unreasonably jealous, and tries to isolate the other partner from his or her friends and family.
  2. Hostility. One partner picks a fight with or antagonizes the other partner. This may lead to one partner changing his or her behavior in order to avoid upsetting the other.
  3. Dishonesty. One person lies to or keeps information from the other and also a partner stealing from the other.
  4. Disrespect. One dating partner makes fun of the opinions and interests of the other partner or destroys something that belongs to the partner.
  5. Dependence. A partner feels that he or she “cannot live without” the other. He or she may threaten to do something drastic if the relationship ends.
  6. Intimidation. A partner tries to control aspects of the other's life by making the other partner fearful or timid and may attempt to keep his or her partner from friends and family or threaten violence or a break-up.
  7. Physical Violence. Each significant other force to get his or her way (such as hitting, slapping, grabbing, or shoving).
  8. Intimate Violence. A spouse pressures or forces the other into intimate activity against his or her will or without consent.

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