A healthy, secure romantic relationship can be an ongoing source of support and happiness in life.It can strengthen all aspects of your wellbeing, from your physical and mental health to your work and connections with others.The audiotape text was modified by the staff of the University of Florida Counseling Center.With their permission and support, it has been revised and edited into its present form by the staff at The University of Texas at Austin Counseling and Mental Health Center, with Suzanne Fremont, Ph. Some portions of this document were modified with permission from brochures published by the Counseling Services at Pace University, the Counseling Services at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and the Counseling Center for Human Development at the University of South Florida. What seems obvious or normal to you may surprise your partner, and vice versa.If you are from different backgrounds, be aware that you may need to spend more time and energy to build your relationship.Some people find dealing with their partner's family difficult or frustrating.It can help to take a step back and think about parental good intentions.
If you are grappling with a relationship problem and would like some help, we encourage you to contact the UT Counseling & Mental Health Center at 512-471-3515, or call CMHC Crisis Line at 512-471-CALL (2255) (UT Students Only) for help or information about local counseling services.
The Office of Health Promotion provides a lending library of self-help books, audiotapes, videocassettes, and brochures on a variety of topics.
"Healthy Romantic Relationships During College" is based on an audiotape script originally developed by The University of Texas at Austin.
Check out with your partner what time alone means to him or her, and share your feelings about what you need from the relationship in terms of time together.
Demanding what you want, regardless of your partner's needs, usually ends up driving your partner away, so work on reaching a compromise. For many students, families remain an important source of emotional, if not financial, support during their years at the university.
The source of these problems may lie in unrealistic/unreasonable demands, unexplored expectations, or unresolved issues/behaviors in one partner or in the relationship.