Dating and healthy relationships
Genuine love, on the other hand, is marked by openness, trust, and the freedom to give oneself to another.Addictive behavior is a deceptive substitute whose effects last but a moment. Each person is aware of his own strengths and weaknesses.It takes time and it takes work and it isn’t always easy.Everyone’s path will be different, but no matter what, having a picture of what high self-esteem looks like, and how it can play out in relationships, is helpful and can help reveal the areas you may need to work on.
Virtually all addictions are maintained under the cover of some sort of deception, which eventually is woven into a vast tapestry of lies and cover-ups. One of the main functions of a recovery support group is the accountability it provides, holding the recovering addict to rigorous truthfulness.There are many contrasts between healthy and unhealthy relationships. There is no need to hide or to try to fool the other.Taken together they chart a continuum between the secular model and the biblical model. Each person is also aware of the other’s strengths and weaknesses. In a healthy relationship, each person finds joy in sharing in the other person’s growth, in playing a role in “completing” the other. A healthy relationship can be described as two good friends becoming better friends. Few of the magazines that clutter the checkout counters of grocery stores publish articles extolling the joys of sacrifice. Unfortunately, most of us are more accustomed to demanding sacrifice from our partner than to sacrificing our selves.Not everyone is a match and sometimes, two people are just incompatible.This doesn’t make either of them flawed or bad – sometimes it’s just not there.