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What is a Healthy Relationship?

What is a healthy relationship? This is a good question to sort through during the teenage years. Generally, a healthy relationship is one that is respectful and caring.

Jean Miller Baker, author of "A New Women's Psychology" says that healthy relationships empower all people involved in them. She defines "Five Good Things" that identify a healthy relationship. Simply put, they are:

  1. A sense of zest or well-being that comes from connecting with another person. For instance, you may leave time spent with this person feeling energized at times, and quietly content at other times.
  2. The desire and energy to take action within the relationship as well as in other situations. For example you may want to clear up a problem in the relationship. When involved in healthy relationships you also enjoy being involved and active in your life.
  3. An increased sense of knowing yourself and the other. In a healthy relationship you will, with time, find yourself more confident of who you are, and also know the other person better too.
  4. An increased sense of worth or feeling good about who you are. Again, as you are around people who are caring and respectful, you develop a gentleness about yourself and know that you are valuable and good. This is difficult for girls to feel at times, yet the more that you around healthy relationships, the more this feeling will grow.
  5. A desire for more connections beyond the present ones.
Keeping connected in order to grow


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