Supportive relationships have highly recognizable core characteristics that sadly are in short supply in our character-impaired times.
Healthy boundaries are essential for protecting our hearts. But an overly defended or hardened heart finds true intimacy difficult.
The main key to self-empowerment is simple: keep your attention, time, and energy focused where you have power.
Making amends in a meaningful way can be a particularly arduous task. But in a loving relationship, repairing any damage done (whether inadvertently or intentionally inflicted) is not only a person’s duty but also essential for maintaining integrity of character.
In today’s world, making the right assessment of a person’s character before getting involved in a serious relationship is more important than ever.
When you strive too hard to “understand” a person’s behavior, you can often inadvertently excuse it.
Society can set all the limits and boundaries it chooses. But the willingness to respect those boundaries and limits instead of trying to get around them is an a matter of each individual heart.
The most important thing for anyone to accept is that the disturbed character’s behaviors are his (or her) problems to address through appropriate guidance and dedicated self-correction.
Assertive behavior is a key element of healthy, independent, adult functioning. But because asserting oneself is a form of “fighting” for one’s legitimate needs, it’s easy to get confused about the difference between aggressive and assertive behavior.