A Healthy Relationship (part 1)
Most of us know from personal experience that relationships can break down for a myriad of different reasons. We in the legal profession often see the consequences of a “break-up” play out in several different ways. As a lawyer who spends most of his time helping couples “break-up” as painlessly as possible, I thought it would be a nice change of pace to focus on what most Experts® see as being integral to a healthy relationship.
- The partners in the relationship should respect and value themselves and each other. They should treat each other with respect and courtesy.
- They make decisions together.
- When they disagree, they know that it’s okay to talk about their differences. They work it out. They find ways for both partners to get what they need.
- They listen to each other’s view points. They express their feelings and opinions by saying, “I feel….” or “I think…..” They do not make comments or assumptions about the other person.
- Each partner takes responsibility for themselves. They do not expect the other person to solve their problems or make them happy.
Please tune in next month for the conclusion of this discussion!