The Intersection of Spirituality, Psychology and Theology

Boundaries in Relationships

August 20, 2021 The Family Afterward Resource Center
The Intersection of Spirituality, Psychology and Theology
Boundaries in Relationships
Show Notes

One of the foundations for having a healthy relationship is respecting the boundaries that each person has communicated. This goes beyond being polite and involves listening intently and honoring what the other person requests.

This is especially applicable regarding what is and what is not acceptable to the person. When we tell another person what we are OK and not OK with, it establishes a boundary that should not be crossed. If we ask the person not to do something and they do it anyway, it could be a sign of an unhealthy relationship. 

Boundaries are your personal rights and are very similar to the Bill of Rights written in the Constitution of the United States. Below are 10 individual rights that every person on planet earth should have. If we can honor and be honored by other people in these ways below, we will understand and practice good boundaries in our relationships.

Each person has the right to:

1.      feel good about who they are.     

2.      express feelings.

3.      express likes and dislikes.

4.      pursue life interests.

5.      become more.

6.      say “no” to whatever violates his/her values.

7.      be a human and make honest mistakes.

8.      be treated with respect.

9.      be heard and taken seriously.

10.   feel worthy and valuable.          

The real question is, “how does a person go about setting appropriate boundaries in their life”. Boundaries allow you to have your own personal space and your own independent life. Boundaries help you to be yourself rather than what someone else wants you to be.  

Join Dr. Robert Grand and Nick Sweem in this discussion on how and why to set boundaries throughout your life, from work and school to dating and family. 

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