A relationship is often unhappy when the limits of one of the partners are not respected.
Equal partners can help each partner to feel positive about himself or herself:
- They do not use force against each other (they do not feel that they have more value than the other person);
- They do not need the approval or opinion of the other about everything (they do not think they have less value than the other).
Equal partners carry equal responsibility in a relationship. For example: they decide together whether they want to have children or not (family planning) and if or what kind of contraception they want to use.