Defining Healthy Boundaries In Relationships

Dr Nicholas Jenner

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What exactly is a boundary, when it comes to relationships? Simply put, a boundary is a limit or space between you and the other person; a clear place where you begin and the other person ends. Think of it as a fence in your backyard. You are the gate keeper and get to decide who you let in and who you keep out, who you let into the whole back yard, or who you let just inside the gate. You may still be keeping a distance, but you are giving them a chance to prove their trustworthiness both physically and emotionally. The purpose of setting a healthy boundary is, of course, to protect and take good care of you and tell other people how you want to be treated. It is part of your value and principle set.

Healthy boundaries do not always come naturally or easily. We learn to…

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