Developing relationships requires the ability to share and be honest with one another. A healthy relationship is an emotionally supportive relationship that promotes respect, equality and personal growth.
There are many theories that explain the formation and maintenance of relationships. The main psychological theories revolve around evolution, social exchange, and physical attraction.
The need for human relationships appears to be innate. There is evidence that people form stable relationships in infancy, and they have deep, ingrained patterns of relating to other people. Often, people rely on their partners for emotional fulfillment.
When you have a positive emotional connection with your partner, you feel safe and happy. If you have lost this feeling, your relationship can be in jeopardy. Likewise, if you feel defensive and critical toward your partner, your relationship can fall apart.
A relationship can also be damaged by problems in physical contact and sex. If you or your partner is having a hard time with these areas of your relationship, it may be an indicator that your attachment style is insecure.
Another indicator of an unhealthy relationship is a frequent lack of affection. Studies have shown that frequent affectionate touch affects bonding and brain development. When you are in a healthy relationship, you engage in physical contact and sex enthusiastically, and your partner receives affection in return.
Ultimately, the most important aspect of maintaining a healthy relationship is communication. Communicating openly allows you to increase trust, gain confidence in your partner’s intentions and strengthen the bond between you.