Essay on Healthy Relationships

848 Words Jan 22nd, 2012 4 Pages
Healthy Relationships
Interpersonal Communication
Dawn Wissinger
September 7th, 2011

ABSTRACT
To have a healthy relationship you must learn how to make that happen. There are five guidelines that must occur in order to make a relationship successful. When these guidelines are applied to personal, social, and professional relationships then you will be able to create a healthy one and maintain that relationship. Below you will read which ones I have found personally worked for me and how they can help anyone who is willing.

HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS
When building up relationships you must learn to accept and confirm others. When I first met Josh I wanted him to like me for me. I wanted to be accepted by him for the person that I am
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I realized that I was just as valuable as my friends and so were my opinions. I became more assertive and started expressing how I felt and what I wanted. Now I do not hold back when asked what I think about an activity. I realized that I have a voice and that if I use my words carefully in the right way while standing strong then I would not be walked on anymore. When you are in any type of relationship you must first realize that you are still you. You have a voice and you should not be afraid to use it. This goes for any type of relationship. Often times I hear people say they did something only because their boyfriend/girlfriend or friends wanted to do it. All I can say is: be assertive in situations like this. There is a difference between being assertive and being aggressive. When you are aggressive you are pushing another person’s feelings aside and stating that what you want and feel is all that is important. When you are assertive you are stating that you accept what they have offered or said but you feel another way.
The final guideline that has worked in my relationships is responding constructively to criticism. In my jobs I have had to receive criticism at different times and while some of the words I heard made me mad or made me feel like I was failing I realized that if I did not learn how to accept the criticism and use it to fix the…

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