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Healthy relationships involve honesty, trust, respect and open communication between partners and they take effort and compromise from both people. There is no imbalance of power. Partners respect each other's independence, can make their own decisions without fear of retribution or retaliation, and share decisions.

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Participating in unhealthy relationships is stressful for anyone. By knowing how to recognize the characteristics of a healthy relationship, we can improve our own behaviors and learn to protect ourselves from emotionally unhealthy people.

A healthy relationship is one in which both people feel a healthy sense of "self." Each person feels harmonious when spending time with the other person. Two emotionally healthy adults try to meet each other's needs, and each can ask for help without fear of criticism.