Emotional boundaries are crucial in helping us to enjoy healthy relationship and avoid unhealthy or disfunctional relationships.
John Stibbs explains what emotional boundaries are and how to tell the difference between a healthy and an unhealthy relationship: A successful relationship is composed of two individuals each with a clearly defined sense of her or his own identity.
When we have a strong conception of our own identity, we do not feel threatened by the intimacy of the relationship and can appreciate and love those qualities in our partner that make him or her a unique person.
When two people come together, each with a clear definition of her or his own individuality, the potential for intimacy and commitment can be astounding.
Regardless of their performance, our sons and daughters need to know we love them — unconditionally. When your daughter messes up by getting a speeding ticket, support her. Because you can comfort and guide her through her mistake. As they demonstrate responsibility, allow more freedom.