Stages of a healthy dating relationship
Families may offer well-intentioned advice about your relationship or your partner.It's important that the two of you discuss and agree on how you want to respond to differing family values and support one another in the face of what can be very intense "suggestions" from family. There are some people who seem to believe that "I have to give up all my friends unless my partner likes them as much as I do." Giving up friends is not healthy for you or the relationship, except in circumstances where your friends pressure you to participate in activities that are damaging to yourself and the relationship.
Resolving conflicts requires honesty, a willingness to consider your partner's perspective even if you don't fully understand it, and lots of communication.
At the same time, keep in mind that your partner may not enjoy your friends as much as you do.
Negotiate which friends you and your partner spend time with together.
With their permission and support, it has been revised and edited into its present form by the staff at The University of Texas at Austin Counseling and Mental Health Center, with Suzanne Fremont, Ph. Some portions of this document were modified with permission from brochures published by the Counseling Services at Pace University, the Counseling Services at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and the Counseling Center for Human Development at the University of South Florida.
Today’s guest blog comes from therapist Teresa Maples, who does an excellent job of explaining the different stages of romantic relationships.The following will help you to distinguish between healthy and problematic relationship expectations: Differences in Background.