We all want to have healthy relationships, be they with our families, roommates, professors, or friends. Having a healthy relationship becomes especially important when the person is close to us; someone we are considering dating, or our significant other. So what makes a relationship healthy? Here are some points to consider:
Both people show respect for each other and self.
Both people share open and honest communication.
Privacy is respected.
Decisions are shared and discussed truthfully.
There is no use of threats or coercion to get the other person to agree with you.
Independence and personal responsibility are encouraged.
Each person has common and separate interests and friends.
Both people are encouraged to maintain health relationships with friends and family.
Individual belief and value systems are respected and encouraged.
For more information about Healthy and Unhealthy relationships visit our Handouts section.