Here are five of the most basic keys to having healthy relationships in your life, whether it be with a romantic partner, a friend, or family. Think about the people you are close to and each key will relate differently depending on the relationship you have with the other, which will possibly reveal a realization of how healthy your relationship is with them, as well as what is lacking and needs improvement in.
Not one person can perfectly do these actions for everybody at the same point in their lives, but let this serve as a guide to making sure you’re able to give and receive everything that composes a healthy relationship.
1. Acceptance & Respect: When we truly get to know someone, there are things about them that we don’t necessarily agree with, and the same goes for us. Not two people are raised with the same beliefs and yet despite these differences, we should be accepting of everything we have come to know about this person, and treat them with respect.
2. Meeting Basic Needs: There are three basic needs in every relationship, whether it is a romantic, familiar or friendly connection. These are companionship, affection and emotional support. All healthy relationships make it a point that both sides need to meet these needs, as well as other special needs that the other person might need, and they strive to work on it together.
3. Positive Regard & Interaction: People in healthy relationships do not blame the other when they see negative circumstances happen. When dealing with someone in a positive regard and the other person does a negative thing, this is only seen as an honest mistake or something that had to happen to due a difficult situation. When a positive thing occurs, it is seen as the other has positive character traits, or it is a reward due to all the hard work they have done. Dealing with the other person in a more positive way, rather than negative, definitely changes your relationship for the better. Given that human relations cannot always be seen in the positive light, but as long as positive reactions are more than negative ones, satisfaction will always be high.
4. Taking Interest & Reciprocation: People in healthy relationships take interest in the other person’s life by asking how they are and sincerely wanting to get to know them more. If only one person is doing this in the relationship, then there is no reciprocation. Both parts of the relationship should be accepting and respecting, and making sure these three basic needs are met.
5. Rupture & Repair: People in healthy relationships are able to compromise and solve problems within themselves to avoid further conflict. Many people avoid initiating the apology due to pride, which makes the conflict worse. A good start to repairing a healthy relationship is to apologize and recognize that the other person might be hurt, angry or disappointed about something. Addressing the situation in a straightforward manner will also solve all problems quicker.
Do you maintain healthy relationships with the people closest to you?
Source: Psychology Today
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