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Healthy Relationships

Healthy relationships starts with SELF AWARENESS, KNOWLEDGE, & LOVE. Love and connection are two of the most important parts of life: we tend to look for this in our relationship with ourselves and our relationship with other people.  Connection with others could mean feeling like part of a group, gassing it up with good friends, or networking professionally with colleagues. All of these opportunities have the ability to teach us about how our behaviors and attitudes impact one another. Whether you are looking to make a life-long partnership, friendship, or professional relationship, it's important to recognize signs of healthy and unhealthy relationships.

Healthy vs. Unhealthy 

All Relationships should have:

  • Healthy boundaries
  • Healthy conflict
  • The opportunity to openly expresses needs
  • A platform for all parties to speak their view/truth
  • Help and support, and in times when one cannot, provide appropriate resources
  • Consent and conversations on how each other's bodies want to be touched/navigated
  • Ownership and accountability for each persons' own actions

All Relationships should not have: 

  • One person who takes all responsibility
  • Unequal power and control (learn more below!)
  • Projection, Blame, or Shame
  • Touching without consent
  • One partner define or direct the other person(s) life
  • Assumptions or guesses on how your partner(s) want(s) to be treated

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Power Imbalance

What does a power imbalance look like?

This RISE Power Wheel provides examples of types of abuse college students may face. If you, any of your friends, or another student have experienced abuse, PLEASE SEEK HELP!

HR wheel

Still not sure what a healthy relationship looks like?
 
You deserve love, respect, and support – do not settle for anything less.