The online version of a psychology magazine has published a guide to maintaining esteem for oneself while involved in a relationship. The person should establish her sense of identity, with her likes and dislikes well defined. She should not always defer to her partner in decisions, keeping to her position if she feels she is right. She should not be totally dependent on her partner, and should have interests and friendships outside of the relationship. She and her partner should do physical things together.
- Knowing and communicating your likes and dislikes can you have a better relationship and improve self esteem.
- Having a fulfilling life outside of your relationship can help bolster self esteem and improve relationship satisfaction.
- Exercising with your partner can boost self image and improve happiness within your relationship.
“When self-esteem is an issue, caving and deflecting become ways to manage conflict.”