When you’re all loved up or have big time feels for someone, it can be hard to see whether your relationship is a good one or not. Don’t worry, it’s good to ask ‘how is my relationship’ from time to time. Hopefully this relationships graph will help.
For more general advice on how to do relationships read the Brief Guide to Relationships
Loads of people I’ve worked with have filled this out for themselves or with their partner to give themselves a relationship check up.
Rate each category from 0 – 9 and then connect the dots. I guess the bigger the shape in the middle then the more healthy the relationship? For example
The how is my relationship graph
So here it is. If you draw on your computer/phone screen please use a water based felt tip. Or do it on a bit of paper yeah?
If you aren’t sure what each category means I’ve put a little guide below the graph. Also these categories are just suggestions. You could perhaps have a think about what’s important to you in a relationship. What do you want and why?
Do you trust each other? Do you trust that you aren’t going to deliberately hurt each other, are going to do the right thing about safer sex, that you are each others main squeeze?
Is there pressure to go beyond each others relationships limits? (To go beyond sexual limits, or limits around how committed you want to be, or the future of the relationship.)
Do you both feel safe from physical or emotional harm from each other? Do you try to look after each other?
Is the relationship fair? Do you both share the good and bad? Do you stick to the same rules in your relationship or is one rule different for one person and different for another?
Feel the same?
Are you on the same page about the relationship? Do you agree on what the relationship is? Friends, friends who have sex, casual relationship, dating, going out, boy or girlfriend, partners?
Are you both able to do your own thing too? To have your own mates/family time, your own career plan, own hobbies, have time on your own, you can make your own decisions about you and your health.
This is an old fashioned word used like people like me to say ‘they’re hot.’ How much do you fancy your partner?
Good sexy times
Are you doing the sexy stuff that you want? Do you both get good sexual pleasure from each other? Do you feel you can talk to each other about making the sexy stuff feel good (within your limits of what you want to do)?
Do you have good times together? Do you go out, do nice things for each other? Do you both want romance? If so do you get and give this?
Do you support each other? Are you there for each other if you need some support? Are you good to each other. Do you try to make each other feel happy?
Do you both feel you are listened to? Do you just shout, get angry, nag or criticise or can you talk, reason and share your thoughts calmly too?
Can you be honest with each other? About how you feel about each other and other stuff.
© Justin Hancock 2017
If you’re a teacher and you want to teach about relationships try my Love, Innit resource pack, it has a version of this that you can print. Also there is DO…RSE for Schools written by me, Alice Hoyle with help from Dr Meg-John Barker.