What is Healthy Love?
by Jef Gazley, M.S., LMFT, DCC
Here I list different characteristics of a healthy relationship, in no particular order. We could also say that these define what healthy love is:
- Each person allows for the individuality of each partner within the relationship.
- Experiencing both oneness with and separateness from their partner. Other relationships are seen as no threat.
- Bringing out the best qualities in their partner.
- 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.
Jef Gazley, M.S., LMFT, DCC
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