The Different Types of Relationships


Relationships are the bonds we share with others, from family to close friends to coworkers. There are many types of relationships, but they generally fall into four categories: family relationships, friendships, acquaintanceships, and romantic relationships. Each type of relationship can have its own nuances, but the main point is that they connect us to one another emotionally.

Being in a committed relationship means having someone who supports you and loves every part of you, even your flaws. It also means having a companion who helps you grow and learn new things, adventure, and tackle life’s challenges together. They are your confidante, best friend, and lover all wrapped into one. They can help you decompress after a bad day, take you to awkward family gatherings, and make you feel beautiful (even in sweats and a t-shirt).

In healthy relationships, each partner is willing to put the other’s needs ahead of their own. They listen attentively and communicate effectively, resolving conflicts as they arise. They are sensitive to their partners’ feelings and nonverbal communication, including body language. They are mindful of their own behaviors, making sure they don’t hurt their partners with words or actions.

Some couples get stuck in peaceful coexistence without really relating to each other. They may have some arguments, but they rarely discuss their emotions or share their feelings. They may have little in common other than a desire to be with one another. If you find yourself in this type of relationship, it’s important to find a healthier way to spend time together.