Healthy vs. Unhealthy Relationships

Healthy relationships can bring out the best in people, allowing them to experience personal growth, more happiness, and even less stress. This is true for intimate relationships, as well as friendships and relationships with family members. A healthy relationship makes you feel good about yourself and your partner. Healthy relationships are built on honest communication, positive interdependence and mutual respect. Being in a healthy relationship allows you to have someone in your life that can listen to you and take care of you. The first step to taking care of your relationships is to take an honest look at them.

Healthy Relationships are built on:

  • Maintaining and respecting each other’s individuality, boundaries, and opinions.
  • Trusting and being honest with each other.
  • Supporting each other and feeling secure and comfortable.
  • Having hobbies and activities outside your relationship and maintaining relationships with friends and family.
  • Expressing yourselves to one another without fear of consequences.

Signs of an Unhealthy Relationship are:

  • Lack of respect for boundaries.
  • Use of coercion or threats.
  • Attempts to isolate you from others.
  • Attempts to put you down.
  • Attempts to control where you do and what you do.

If you find yourself in an unhealthy relationship, it is helpful to talk to someone you trust about your concerns and reach out for support. Visit the Support Services page and the Domestic Violence page for more information about available support at SFU.