How would you let your partner know what your boundaries are?
You don’t have to sit down with your partner with a checklist of everything that makes you uncomfortable, but you need to be open and honest. Some things might come up early in a relationship, like if you are a virgin and don’t want to have sex until you’re ready. Some of the things may not come up for a while, like if your partner wants to share their passwords after you’ve been dating for six months.
When your needs are different from your partner’s, have a conversation. It may be awkward, but having tough conversations is part of a healthy relationship. When your partner listens to you and respects you, it builds trust.
Recognize when the line has been crossed:
Sometimes, boundaries get crossed even after you’ve talked with your partner; this is where trusting yourself comes in. You may be sad, anxious, or angry or not know precisely what you are feeling. Always trust your gut. If something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.
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Source: New York Gov. (The link opens in a new window)