Disagreements with a friend or partner are normal, says the National Voice of Domestic Violence. But when a relationship is not built on respect and equal partnership, an unhealthy relationship may develop.
The organization mentions these characteristics of a healthy argument:
- A disagreement about chores, spending habits, raising children or difficult family or friends.
- Insensitive and hurtful comments are said occasionally, not consistently.
- Partners can admit when they are wrong, take responsibility and compromise.
- Tension is usually short-lived.
- Goals and decisions can be questioned, but general support isn’t withheld.
- Final decisions on big life changes are reached by mutual compromise.
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