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Relationships can be challenging – they also can be rewarding. No matter how short or long a time we've known someone, relating to others can be tough. But the challenges can be overcome…if we listen to others, if we're assertive in stating our needs and wants, if we respect each other (and ourselves), if we watch out for each other and make smart choices.
What makes a relationship healthy? Open, honest communication? Active listening? Respect? Mutual fun? These qualities and hundreds of others can define a positive, healthy relationship. We're often in control of what role these qualities play in our relationships, and we tailor all of our relationships to include these traits.
When it comes to sex, things can get confusing. Sex is a part of some relationships almost from the beginning. Sometimes we have sex when we're not ready or don't want it – it may seem like the thing to do, we might not know how to say "no," or we may be afraid of losing the other person. If you find it difficult to talk about sex or if you're unsure about having sex with your partner, you may find it helpful to talk with a counselor. He/she can teach you how to discuss these issues with your partner prior to beginning a sexual relationship.
Information pertaining to all aspects of relationships and communication can be found under "Relationships" in the Student Counseling Virtual Pamphlet Collection.
If you'd like to talk with a counselor about relationship issues, please call 218-726-7913 to schedule an appointment.
For more information and helpful links, see our Sexual Health Educators page.