Setting Boundaries: Honoring Your Truth in Romantic Relationship
by Claudia Six, PhD
Being able to set boundaries allows us to remain close to our lover even when we have differences. We can allow ourselves to be influenced by the other without losing ourselves. We retain a solid core of self that enables us to adapt to situations or to the wishes of others without self abandoning. We can accept others as separate from us. We can respect what they want, we can value their interests, we can see merit in their preferences without losing ourselves. It’s not about being selfish by prioritizing ourselves; it’s about knowing and being clear about who we are as separate yet connected to those we court, date, have sex with, marry—thus creating more room for true, intimate connection.
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