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Why are boundaries necessary in healthy relationships?

Why are boundaries necessary in healthy relationships?

This article describes boundaries and how to set healthy boundaries.

Boundaries are rules and limits one person sets within a relationship to identify acceptable behaviors. Establishing boundaries ensures that a relationship is mutually respectful, caring, and appropriate.  

What Are Boundaries? 

Boundaries define an individual's needs, wants, and feelings. In a relationship, boundaries help minimize assumptions while improving communication.

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How Do You Set Boundaries in a Relationship?

The first step in setting and maintaining healthy boundaries is identifying your limits. You should ask yourself what behavior is acceptable in a relationship. 

Boundaries can be harsh and restrictive. They can also be lenient and maybe too open. All boundaries should communicate what you expect from others. 

Why Communication About Boundaries Matters

Healthy boundaries are not set in stone. They are flexible, and can depend on the setting and who you're interacting with at the time. Your boundaries should help you live in-tune with yourself and others throughout your life. If your boundaries change, it is helpful to communicate them to others. Providing clarity about your boundaries and using communication to enforce them is helpful to those around you and to your inner peace.

Setting healthy boundaries will help you and your partner understand one another better and feel more satisfaction in your relationship.

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This article has been medically reviewed by
Erin Hillers
Erin Hillers
Erin Hillers
Nurse Practitioner

Erin is a Nurse Practitioner with 8 years of experience in midwifery and women's health. She has spent the past 5 years specializing in the treatment of opioid and alcohol use disorders.

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