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"Healthy Romantic Relationships During College" is based on an audiotape script originally developed by The University of Texas at Austin.The audiotape text was modified by the staff of the University of Florida Counseling Center.Disagreements in a relationship are not only normal but, if constructively resolved, actually strengthen the relationship.It is inevitable that there will be times of sadness, tension, or outright anger between you and your partner.The following will help you to distinguish between healthy and problematic relationship expectations: Differences in Background.Even partners coming from very similar cultural, religious, or economic backgrounds can benefit from discussing their expectations of how a good boyfriend, girlfriend, or spouse behaves.Families may offer well-intentioned advice about your relationship or your partner.It's important that the two of you discuss and agree on how you want to respond to differing family values and support one another in the face of what can be very intense "suggestions" from family. There are some people who seem to believe that "I have to give up all my friends unless my partner likes them as much as I do." Giving up friends is not healthy for you or the relationship, except in circumstances where your friends pressure you to participate in activities that are damaging to yourself and the relationship.
Changes in life outside your relationship will impact what you want and need from the relationship.You might ask: "Which of my friends do you enjoy seeing and which ones would you rather I see alone or at other times when I'm not with you?" If you are feeling distressed about a relationship, you may wish to consider individual or couples counseling.Some people find dealing with their partner's family difficult or frustrating.It can help to take a step back and think about parental good intentions.