Health Tip: Having Healthy Arguments
(HealthDay News) -- Disagreements with a friend or partner are normal, says the National Voice of Domestic Violence. But when a relationship is not built on respect and equal partnership, an unhealthy relationship may develop.
The organization mentions these characteristics of a healthy argument:
A disagreement about chores, spending habits, raising children or difficult family or friends.
Insensitive and hurtful comments are said occasionally, not consistently.
Partners can admit when they are wrong, take responsibility and compromise.
Tension is usually short-lived.
Goals and decisions can be questioned, but general support isn't withheld.
Final decisions on big life changes are reached by mutual compromise.