Relationships whether dating or married
There are other types of relationships that might not be considered dating that are just as real and valid.
Maybe you have a child with somebody but do not consider yourself to be in a dating relationship with that person.
Dating someone your family doesn’t like can be really hard.
It may cause conflict that makes you feel like you can’t be honest or even near the people you love.
Holding grudges for a long time can result in building up anger, distress, doubt and a lot of other negative feelings that can make you unhappy and stressed.
To maintain a healthy relationship, you need to be able to forgive your partner for their past mistakes. Try to remember: being with a person you cannot forgive is not going to do either of you any good.
Yes, holding a grudge against your partner is unhealthy, not only for your relationship but also for you.
We use the gender-neutral term “partners” to refer to people in an intimate relationship, but you might use a different word (and that’s okay)!
No matter how you define dating, it’s important to remember that abuse can occur within all kinds of intimate relationships.
At loveisrespect, we get all kinds of questions about dating. If you have questions of your own or need more information, you can always chat with a trained peer advocate!
“Dating” means different things to different people, particularly across generations.