The Different Types of Relationships


The term “relationship” can be used to describe a wide variety of connections, both romantic and nonromantic. Understanding the different types of relationships that exist is important in terms of assessing the health of your own relationships.

Having good friends and loved ones who you can call on to help you through life’s ups and downs is important. They can be a sounding board, help you keep your priorities in order and help you stay on track with your wellness goals.

Healthy relationships are characterized by mutual respect, equality and a commitment to the other person. The relationship can be professional, friendly, intimate or family. It is a win-win situation where both partners have a say in the decisions made and share the burden of financial expenses.

A balanced relationship is one where each person gives and receives equal amounts of affection, energy and love. It may be difficult to find this balance at times, especially in a new relationship or when you are experiencing conflict and challenges.

Intimacy can mean many things, from a physical touch to a deep emotional connection. It can be about the way you talk and how much time you spend together. It can also be about how much your partner listens to you and supports you.

Relationships can fail because people stop compromising with each other, there is a huge ego clash or the differences in lifestyle and expectations become too great. It can also be because of a change in priorities or the loss of a shared vision.