For some people who have grown up around this kind of behavior it can almost seem normal or OK. Many of us learn from watching and imitating the people close to us.
Use the guidelines below to open up the channels of communication between you and your partner.
If you’re in an unhealthy or abusive relationship, be careful using these tips. If any of these tips would put you in danger, don’t try them.
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Open, honest communication should be part of every healthy relationship.
Ever heard about how it's hard for someone to love you when you don't love yourself?
It's a big relationship roadblock when one or both people struggle with self-esteem problems.
Meanwhile, even though you might feel bad or feel for someone who's been mistreated, you need to take care of yourself — it's not healthy to stay in a relationship that involves abusive behavior of any kind.
When a boyfriend or girlfriend uses verbal insults, mean language, nasty putdowns, gets physical by hitting or slapping, or forces someone into sexual activity, it's a sign of verbal, emotional, or physical abuse.
Hopefully, you and your significant other are treating each other well. Take a step back from the dizzying sensation of being swept off your feet and think about whether your relationship has these qualities: A relationship is unhealthy when it involves mean, disrespectful, controlling, or abusive behavior.