A healthy relationship between in intimate partners is characterized by mutual respect,
equality, trust, communication, and freedom. Each person is allowed to be an individual
within the relationship. Both people grow independently of each other and as a couple.
Mouse over the five pillars of healthy relationships below to see questions to help
determine whether a relationship is healthy. "Yes" answers to these questions are
good signals in a relationship:
However, characteristics like disrespect, fear, jealousy, and possessiveness
are traits of an unhealthy relationship. If you're not sure about a specific situation,
check the list of warning signs.