What is a healthy relationship?
There are no hard and fast rules about what a healthy relationship must look like. All different types of relationship can be healthy, fun, intimate and pleasurable. Whether it’s friendship or romantic sometimes the problem isn’t knowing when a relationship is healthy, but when it’s unhealthy.
What are the qualities of a healthy relationship?
Some of the qualities a healthy relationship can be built on are:
Relationships can be healthy irrespective of the type if they are built on the qualities above. Some gay and bisexual men have relationships that wider society may not recognise as typical. However, the same variety of relationships exist between gay and bisexual men as exist between anyone else. The uniqueness of a relationship can be what makes it exciting, special and intimate but can sometimes be what makes it difficult to maintain.
What is an unhealthy relationship?
An unhealthy relationship is one where trust, respect and equality has broken down. It can also be when someone is controlling or abusive (verbal, emotional, physical or sexual) to another person in the relationship. Whatever the type, abuse is always wrong.
What are the signs of an unhealthy relationship?
Some of the signs of an unhealthy relationship can be:
Sometimes people can miss the signs of an unhealthy relationship or believe that they deserve the treatment they get from a partner. But abuse is always wrong. Some gay and bisexual men can feel they have additional barriers to seeking help when they are in an unhealthy relationship due to their sexuality.
What barriers can gay and bisexual men have to seeking help?
The additional barriers gay and bisexual men can have to seeking help can include:
How can Steve Retson Project help you maintain healthy relationships?
The Steve Retson Project can help you build the skills and confidence to maintain the healthy relationships you want and enjoy. If you would like to speak to someone about relationships and sexual health you can contact us and speak to someone about making positive choices in relationships.
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