Types of Relationships

Relationships are an important part of our lives and we need them in order to be healthy. This includes relationships with friends, family, teachers and caregivers, and romantic partners.

There are several types of relationships that can be categorized by their type and duration. These include monogamous, polyamorous, casual, committed and open.

Committed relationship – an interpersonal relationship based on a mutually agreed-upon commitment to one another that involves exclusivity, honesty or trust. It may also include a legal agreement between the two people involved in the relationship.

Marriage – a socially defined and legally binding agreement between two people that joins their lives and grants them specific rights and privileges. The terms associated with a marriage vary from state to state, but they provide federal protections and benefits for both parties.

Civil union – a relationship that does not provide federal or state legal protections, but still provides a legal connection between two people who live together and have similar lifestyles and interests. It is generally more stable than a dyad, and it reduces intense interaction.

Curiosity – willingness to consider or talk over changes in your relationship structure if things are not working well.

Honesty – being honest about your feelings and needs is an essential part of a healthy relationship.

Affection – loving and caring for one another is essential for a healthy relationship. This can be expressed through a variety of ways, including verbal or physical intimacy.

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