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Characteristics of Healthy Relationships

Characteristics of Healthy Relationships

by Jef Gazley, M.S. LMFT, DCC

Each partner has the ability to accept endings, if necessary.

Experiencing openness to change and exploration both in the individual and in the relationship.

Inviting growth in their partner.

Experiencing true intimacy in the relationship physically, intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually.

Feeling the freedom to ask honestly for what they want.

Being able to experience giving and receiving in the same manner.

Not attempting to control or change the other person.

Encouraging self-sufficiency of others. Adults don't need each other in a dependent fashion. They simply want to be with each other.

Accepting limitations of self and partner.

Not attempting to seek unconditional love in relationships. This type of love is really parental love. Parents accept any behavior from a child and will still love and accept them. Adults demand to be treated with dignity in order to stay in a relationship.

Able to accept commitment.

Each person having a high self-esteem.

Trusting the memory of the beloved, enjoying solitude.

Expressing feelings spontaneously.

Welcoming closeness, risking vulnerability.

Able to care with detachment. They don't feel responsible for each other.

Affirming equality and personal power of self and their partner.

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