Setting Boundaries in a Relationship | Break the Cycle
4 Ways to Set and Keep Your Personal Boundaries and how to . Boundaries and relationships: Knowing, Protecting, and Enjoying the Self. People with addictions often have problems with boundaries in relationships, but some don't know what boundaries are. Learn more here. There are many keys to a healthy, happy relationship but the most important one of them all is setting boundaries. For example, in my.
We may feel that boundaries are unnecessary because our partner is supposed to already know and act on our needs and wants, or that they ruin the relationship or interfere with the spice. In reality, all healthy relationships have boundaries! Below is a list of both healthy and unhealthy aspects in a relationship: Healthy Feeling responsible for your own happiness Feeling incomplete without your partner Friendships exist outside of the relationship Relying on your partner for happiness Open and honest communication Respecting differences in your partner Jealousy Asking honestly what is wanted Feeling unable to express what is wanted Accepting endings Unable to let go Establishing healthy boundaries in a relationship allows both partners to feel comfortable and develop positive self-esteem.
In order to establish boundaries, you need to be clear with your partner who you are, what you want, your beliefs and values, and your limits. A lot of times, we tend to focus on adjusting to others, taking time away from focusing on ourselves. Setting boundaries for yourself that reflect who you are and who you ultimately want to be will only enhance setting boundaries with your partner in a relationship.
Look at these examples of a "small and not serious" boundary and a "big and pretty serious" boundary to see what we mean! Regardless of how "big" or "small" the boundary or boundary violation, no one likes to have their boundary be ignored or disrespected. If you break your own boundaries because you are scared of your partner's reaction, that is HUGE red flag. In a healthy relationship, you should never feel afraid of your partner or their reactions.
Here are a few tips to help you get started establishing boundaries with your partner in your relationship: You may wander into someone else's back yard and start helping yourself to their veggie patch. Imagine if you didn't know the rules for the boundaries of your home, car, personal belongings or bank account.
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Maybe you would go around life allowing many people to take what was yours without batting an eyelid. How many of us have never known the 'rules' of our personal well-being, and how not to allow life and others to intrude, steal or damage our personal power?
How many of us have never known how to respect other people's boundaries and simply thought we were 'doing the right thing'? How many of us have been damaging ourselves and others simply because we haven't understood the ownership and stewardship that every individual has over the possession of their own life?
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Owning Ourselves Let's look at the term - 'Ownership' Our spiritual and self-mastery journey requires 'owning' ourselves. This includes owning the responsibility of creating and enforcing our own boundaries.
Because as always it's no one else's job! If we're confused about our ownership and perimeters of self, it's logical to realise others are going to be very confused about where our boundaries do or don't lie. How can we expect them to honour us?
This confusion can create great pain and even devastation, just as having poor perimeters of our homes, cars or bank accounts would. By having a healthy, functioning boundary, we know when to open the door to good, and when to close the door to bad.
Activating Boundary Doors How do we activate our door correctly? By using the words and actions that state "Yes" to open the door, and the words and actions that state "No" to close it. Our door is suffering enormous security breaches if we say "Yes" when we really feel "No", and is jammed when we say "No" to the love and support that we really desire.
How do we know when our boundary door is malfunctioning? We feel broken, lonely, angry, distressed, victimized, anxious, unsupported, exhausted and empty. There are many reasons why it's important to have a mature boundary function; such as: By saying "No" to more things you have the time, energy and resources to get really good at the things you want to say "Yes" to.
If you struggle to say "No", you'll procrastinate over many areas of your life. We have been conditioned to believe that "Yes" is what moves projects and life forward. Sometimes a "Yes" doesn't, because it's counterproductive - whereas a well-placed "No" will. People who complain about life, don't create an empowered life, or feel like victims are often those who find it very difficult to say "No" and define boundaries.
If you are unable to say "No", the price you pay is low self-esteem, depression, feeling overwhelmed, burnout, high stress levels and possible physical ailments. If you find it hard to say "No" you won't allow others to step up to the plate and find their own power. These people won't then develop the resources to give back to you.
If you respond before you clearly define what has been asked of you, you may create all sorts of mayhem for yourself and the other parties involved. Don't be misleading to others with wishy-washy answers.
This isn't fair and may give other people false hopes at the expense of you not speaking the truth. If you don't learn how to say "No", others will take you for granted and lose respect for you. It is much easier to change a "No" into a "Yes" later - than it is to turn a "Yes" into a "No" after the fact. Please understand that "No's are delivered from the space of knowing yourself, rather than trying to work out and decipher the mindset of another individual.
We have previously learnt that it is essential to get 'out of other people's heads' as per our understanding of co-dependency and understand ourselves first and foremost. It is about YOU behaving the way you want your life to go.
When you know you are a person to be respected and you don't rely on other people giving you the approval for that, the irony is that people will start to grant you much more respect and approval than they would have done otherwise.
Defunct Boundaries are Learned in Childhood Our childhood conditioningand the inherent lack of society's boundary awareness, were very responsible for our defunct boundaries. As babies and young children we had no awareness of boundaries. This is why little babies love to be wrapped up tight in blankets or be cuddled, and can get very distressed when they aren't. It helps them feel safe and secure.
It provides the feeling of a boundary. Let us explore some of the faultily learned boundary possibilities we acquired in our early years: If we suffered physical, emotional, mental or spiritual abuse from one or both parents or other siblings or role models, we learnt at an early age that it's normal and familiar to say "Yes" to bad experiences.
If we were chastised or suffered a withdrawal of love as a result of saying "No", we learnt that to be loved and accepted we must always say "Yes". If we were manipulated with guilt as a result of saying "No", we learnt it is shameful to say anything but "Yes". If we were forced to give up and share our possessions against our will, we learnt to say "Yes" to allowing others too much to the detriment of ourselves.
If extreme behaviour such as 'acting up' was the only way to get attention, we learnt to get other people's acknowledgement by attacking their boundaries. If judgment and suspicion prevailed, we learnt to distrust and close our door to good experiences.
If the messages "you're no good" or "you need my help" were received, we never learnt the power to create healthy boundaries by making decisions for ourself. If we internalised our parent's irresponsible, immature, abusive or unloving behaviour, we learnt to say "Yes" to irresponsible, immature, abusive or unloving behaviour, and also to take responsibility for it.
If we rebelled against our parents' responsible and controlling behaviour, we learnt to fight authority and responsible structured individuals, and will rebel against them.
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Obviously, our boundary issues usually relate to unfinished business from our childhood. It can begin with an awareness of your limits. Limits are the knowing of what you'll and won't accept in your life. Limits come from the knowing and backing up of who you truly are. To give an example, I am very clear about my own life in regard to the following: I will no longer accept: Interactions where my body or emotions feel violated without making a decision that honours me.
Individuals taking care of aspects of my life uninvited. People who lie, manipulate or manoeuvre. Emotionally irresponsible people who refuse to take responsibility for their own problems. My list is much longer than this, but it gives you an idea. As a result of getting very clear on my personal truth, and doing the work on my own inner wounds, my life transformed extremely quickly from tolerating severe lies, abuse and narcissism to being filled with emotionally mature, responsible and respectful people.
I am now blessed to experience consistent honesty and support. Rather than suffering the chauvinistic and irresponsible men that I was allowing into my space, only beautiful men now reside in my life. Why has this happened? Quite simply because I will tolerate no less.
My old 'limits' are no longer a part of my reality. It is very important to realise that everything exists out there in the world. There are people and situations that are inapplicable, manipulative, narcissisticunhealthy and violating. It is truly naive to bury your head in a bucket of sand, desperately hoping that everyone is as good, kind and caring as you are!
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It's time to grow up!! You are here to defend the investment of you, to protect it and stand up for it. The more you do this, the less the Universe will deliver these 'less-than' interactions. Until you learn to honour and become a 'guardian of self', life will keep delivering 'what you need' in order to learn this vital self-respect.
This is an inevitable transaction of your personal growth and evolution. And it doesn't have to be painful. You don't have to take it personally or feel dismayed about the plights and behaviour of others. They are entitled to their journey and their evolution at whatever pace is right for them. The process of you setting limits and honouring your boundaries is the most healing behaviour you can present to self and others To allow an abuser to abuse is an act of abuse.
It is a fearful act of self. They hope that someone else in this person's life will do the job! This is not responsible human interaction. You are not being responsible to them, and you are not being responsible to yourself. Feedback does not mean changing them or getting them to see your point of view.
It may be a statement of your truth and then you leaving if the behaviour doesn't change.
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Feedback does mean no longer staying in the presence of the abuse and feeding it - such as arguing with it, or tolerating it. So it truly is simple Detach from trying to understand others' behaviour, thoughts and issues. Live a principle centered life see the article From Victim to Survivor to Thriver to learn how to do thisand then back it up with action.
The effect you'll have on everyone and everything offers the highest path to positive transformation.