Move from dating to relationship
By setting boundaries together, you can both have a deeper understanding of the type of relationship that you and your partner want.Boundaries are not meant to make you feel trapped or like you’re “walking on eggshells.” Creating boundaries is not a sign of secrecy or distrust — it’s an expression of what makes you feel comfortable and what you would like or not like to happen within the relationship.
Remember, you have many options — including obtaining a domestic violence restraining order.
However, possessiveness, insults, jealous accusations, yelling, humiliation, pulling hair, pushing or other abusive behaviors, are — at their root — exertions of power and control.
Remember that abuse is always a choice and you deserve to be respected. If you think your relationship is unhealthy, it’s important to think about your safety now.
Laws vary from state to state so chat with a peer advocate to learn more.
If you are still unsure whether you’re in a healthy relationship, our Healthy Relationships Quiz can help you.
In stage two, the challenge is to recognize a shift from feeling attraction to feeling uncertain if that partner is right for us.