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Self-Confidence: Key to a Healthy Relationship

Setting Boundaries | Self-Confidence | Dating | Falling in Love |
Breaking Up | Waiting | Sex | Your Future

We’re all bombarded by TV shows, movies, the Internet, magazines and advertisements. But the world they portray is anything but real. Not every girl is absolutely gorgeous, and not every guy is amazingly buff.

Don’t let the media create your reality and undermine your self-confidence.

Self-confidence is the first step for developing a healthy relationship. Here are some good ideas for keeping your confidence up.

Associate with positive, supportive people.
If your friends are constantly down on themselves or you, how can you keep a good attitude?

Don’t compare yourself to others.
So what if she has a new car and he’s pulling down straight A’s? You only see part of the picture. Never assume you’re worse off, unluckier, or less gifted than anyone else.

Stop putting yourself down.
Most people say things to themselves that they would never let a stranger (or even a close friend) say. Be your own advocate, not your own critic.

Know your maturity level.
Maturity inspires patience, tolerance, and a genuine willingness to work out problems—key ingredients to a healthy relationship.

Think About It.

Do you have a clear idea of your personality? Do you know your goals, likes, dislikes, interests, values, wants, and needs? If you haven’t considered these things, you might not be ready for a healthy relationship.