Partners can choose healthy relationships when they understand healthy behaviors and patterns. It is also helpful for partners to learn to identify the early warning signs of an abusive relationship, realizing that they have options and believing they are valuable people who deserve to be treated with respect.
In a healthy relationship, the following characteristics are present and prioritized by both partners:
Unhealthy or Abusive Behaviors
Early warning signs that your partner may eventually become abusive are extreme jealousy, controlling behavior, quick involvement, mood swings, alcohol and drug use, explosive anger, isolating you from friends and family, the use of force during an argument, hypersensitivity, a tendency to blame others for his problems or feelings, verbal abuse, a history of abusing former partners and threats of violence.
Here are some common characteristics of an unhealthy or abusive relationship: