A Checklist on Boundaries in a Relationship

The goal in an intimate relationship is to feel calm, centered and focused. When we lack these elements in our relationships it is due in large part to an inability to establish and maintain healthy boundaries with one another. Healthy boundaries allow a person to experience comfortable interdependence with other people, resulting in well functioning relationships and positive self-regard.

When you give up your boundaries in a relationship you:

  • Are unclear about your preferences
  • Do not notice unhappiness since enduring is your concern
  • Alter your behavior, plans, or opinions to fit the current moods or circumstances of another (live reactively)
  • Do more and more for less and less
  • Take as truth the most recent opinion you have heard
  • Live hopefully while wishing and waiting
  • Are satisfied if you are coping and surviving
  • Let the other's minimal improvement maintain your stalemate
  • I have few hobbies because you have no attention span for self-directed activity
  • Make exceptions for a person for things you would not tolerate in anyone else/accept alibis
  • Are manipulated by flattery so you lose objectivity
  • Try to create intimacy with a narcissist
  • Are so strongly affected by another that obsession results
  • Will forsake every personal limit to get sex or the promise of it
  • See your partner as causing your excitement
  • Fell hurt and victimized but not angry
  • Act out of compliance and compromise
  • Do favors that you inwardly resist (cannot say no)
  • Disregard intuition in favor of wishes
  • Allow your partner to abuse your children or friends
  • Mostly feel afraid and confused
  • Are enmeshed in a drama that is beyond your control
  • Are living a life that is not yours, and that seems unalterable
  • Commit yourself for as long as the other needs you to be committed (no bottom line)
  • Believe you have no right to secrets

When your boundaries are intact in a relationship you:

  • Have clear preferences and act upon them
  • Recognize when you are happy/unhappy
  • Acknowledge moods and circumstances around you while remaining centered (live actively)
  • Do more when that gets results
  • Trust your own intuition while being open to other's opinions
  • Live optimistically while co-working on change
  • Are only satisfied if you are thriving
  • Are encouraged by sincere, ongoing change for the better
  • Have excited interest in self-enhancing hobbies and projects
  • Have a personal standard, albeit flexible, that applies to everyone and asks for accountability
  • Appreciate feedback and can distinguish it from attempts to manipulate
  • Relate only to partners with whom mutual love is possible
  • Are strongly affected by your partner's behavior and take it as information
  • Integrate sex so that you can enjoy it but never at the cost of your integrity
  • See your partner as stimulating your excitement
  • Let yourself feel anger, say "ouch" and embark upon a program of change
  • Act out of agreement and negotiation
  • Only do favors you choose to do (you can say no)
  • Honor intuitions and distinguish them from wishes
  • Insist others' boundaries be as safe as your own
  • Mostly feel secure and clear
  • Are always aware of choices
  • Are living a life that mostly approximates what you always wanted for yourself
  • Decide how, to what extent, and how long you will be committed
  • Protect your private matters without having to lie or be surreptitious
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