Learning whenand when not to compro mise is a vital

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to stand your ground. Learning when—and when not —to compro- mise is a vital relationship skill. Characteristics of Healthy Relationships By practicing the three Cs, you make positive contributions to healthy relationships. In addition, all good relationships—whether with family members, friends, or other members of your commu- nity—have certain recognizable characteristics. Some of these char- acteristics are described below. Mutual Respect and Consideration. In healthy relation- ships, people show mutual respect even when they disagree. This involves accepting one another’s tastes and opinions and being tolerant of different viewpoints. Furthermore, each person shows consideration by being thoughtful about the rights and feelings of others. Honesty. Because of their mutual respect and consideration, participants in a healthy relationship have the confidence to be open and honest about their actions, thoughts, and feelings. Dishonesty can seriously weaken or even destroy a relationship. Dependability. Participants in a healthy relationship are dependable. They are trustworthy and reliable. Each is there for the others when needed. Commitment. Healthy relationships require commitment. The participants are willing to work together and make sacrifices that benefit everyone involved. They are loyal to each other, and they are committed to strengthening the relationship. Compromise Isn’t compromise really a matter of one person giving in or losing? If two people can’t agree on a compromise between two choices, they should look for a third choice that both can agree on. If there really are only two choices, the compromise might be for one person to “win” this time with the understanding that the next time it will be the other person’s turn to “win.” If only one person is always giving up something, there is no compromise.
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D EMONSTRATING C HARACTER IN R ELATIONSHIPS Trustworthiness You show trustworthiness when you are honest, reliable, and loyal. Trustworthy people don’t cheat, steal, or deceive; they have the courage to do what’s right. Example: Hector finds a wallet containing $300. He uses the name on the driver’s license and the phone book to call the owner so that he can return the wallet. Respect You show respect by using good manners, being considerate of others, and being tolerant of differences. You are also respectful when you deal with anger and disagreements in a peaceful way and treat other people and property with care. Example: Sid knows that his dad brought a lot of work home from the office. Sid turns down the volume of his music so he won’t disturb his father. Responsibility You show that you are responsible when you do what is expected of you and are accountable for your choices. Being responsible also means that you use self-control, think before you act, and always try your best.
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