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What Does it Mean to Be Treated Well in a Relationship?

"When a partner treats you the way you need/want to be treated."

a happy couple kissing Sophie Mayanne

Healthy relationships can enrich our lives, but with so little focus during our formative years (because our sex and relationships education is lacking and doesn't actually set us up for relationships), it's hard to know what actually constitutes a good relationship. These people are sharing what it means to be treated well by a romantic partner.

1. "To be treated with kindness and respect. To be close and enduring friends with your partner and be able to trust them. To always know you have a source of encouragement, comfort, and love." [via]

2. "To be treated kindly and empathetically, with your needs being recognised. To be respected, and prioritised rather than just being treated as an option or afterthought. To feel comfortable with each other and be able to talk openly." [via]

3. "Your partner cherishes you. They actively try to make you happy, in ways which you enjoy, and listen attentively and implement feedback about how to improve their actions. They are kind and respectful and go out of their way to consider your needs and wants when making decisions." [via

4. "To be treated in a way that makes you feel special and loved. There is no formula or anything in particular, you just need to be able to find happiness in it." [via]

5. "It ultimately means being treated with respect and being able to trust them. Do they help you when you're feeling burnt out? Do they follow through with their promises? Do they take responsibility for their action or inaction? How much responsibility are you assuming because of their lack of XYZ. Are you able to communicate with them, openly? Even when it is something difficult, or ridiculous?" [via]

6. "To be cared for, supported, encouraged. For the bad times to just be times that are bad that you both fight together not against one another. For discussions to be open, calm, frequent and heartfelt. To be willing to compromise for each other in a way that means you are both succeeding. To fully 100% trust one another and know they would never hurt or upset you. And when one of you does upset the other, you genuinely apologise and work to correct the mistake. And finally, to do all of this for yourself as well, to be your own best friend, because it’s so much easier to care for someone else when you have cared for yourself too." [via]

7. "The partner wants you be an essential part of their life and they show it with their actions such as doing things together or sharing time together. Overall, 'being treated well' is when a partner treats you the way you need/want to be treated (many people have different needs so specifics may differ). However, established trust and good communication, respect, and acceptance is crucial." [via]

8. "It means that your partner considers how you feel and what you need when making their decisions. It means your partner will try to provide what you need just to make you happy. Your partner will want to make your life easier by helping with your responsibilities when they can, because everything is a team sport. It is really just that, a partnership or a team where both parties are equally respected and loved." [via]

9. "To know you can say and feel what you want and be certain that you will be listened to and taken seriously. To know you are trusted and that you can trust as well your partner. To know that you are loved and supported, that your partner always has your back and will always be honest with you. If you make a wrong decision, they will tell you with love and respect." [via]