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Relationships are an important part of a healthy life. In unhealthy relationships, people may experience anxiety, confusion, insecurity, and even danger. Knowing these differences can help you choose who you date and for how long.

It is important to remember that there is no perfect relationship. Every relationship has a combination of both healthy and unhealthy characteristics. Everyone’s needs in a relationship are different. In a healthy relationship, everyone can get what they need.

While all relationships are different, some key characteristics help distinguish healthy interpersonal relationships from unhealthy ones.

Be yourself: you are comfortable next to the person you are meeting. Changing yourself to please someone will not work and can be frustrating, so it is important to remain yourself.

Honesty: You are comfortable talking about things in a relationship, including problems or worries.

Good communication: you discuss things that are important to you or your relationship. You ask each other what you think and feel, and you listen to each other.

Mutual respect: in close, healthy relationships, people have mutual respect. They do not humiliate each other and offer support and security.

Sense of security: if you feel threatened in any way, you do not have a healthy relationship. The feeling of security can be both emotional and physical.

Trust: it is an opportunity to count on someone. It is about someone being honest with you and keeping their promises. When you trust someone, you know that they will support you and take care of you.

Equality: keeps the relationship safe and fair. Be equal in relationships, not manage each other. Equality can also mean sharing efforts.

Support: it is a feeling of care and respect. In healthy relationships, people listen to each other, help solve problems and show support by attending important events.

It may seem that the best relationship is conflict-free, and being able to argue and resolve differences effectively is more important than just avoiding arguments. Conflict can be an opportunity to bond with your partner.