Basic Rights in Relationships
A list of our basic human rights in relationships, because sometimes we need a reminder.
(Your basic rights are the foundation of good personal boundaries)
I have the right to have my needs and feelings be as important as anyone else’s.
I have the right to experience and express my feelings, if I choose to do so.
I have the right to express my opinions, if I choose to do so.
I have the right to set my own priorities.
I have the right to establish independence if I choose to.
I have the right to decide how I spend my time.
I have the right to choose my own lifestyle.
I have the right to change my lifestyle, myself, my behaviors, my values, my life situation, and my mind.
I have the right to make honest mistakes and to admit those mistakes without feeling humiliated.
I have the right to self-fulfillment through my own talents and interests.
I have the right to grow as a person and to accept new challenges.
I have the right to choose who I spend my time with and who I share my body with.
I have the right to be treated with dignity and respect in all my relationships.
I have the right to be listened to respectfully.
I have the right to ask for what I want assertively.
I have the right to say “I don’t understand” or “I don’t know” without being humiliated.
I have the right to say “No,” and to set limits and boundaries without feeling guilty.
I have the right to set limits on how I will be treated in relationships.
I have the right to expect my boundaries to be respected.
I have the right to walk away from toxic or abusive relationships.
I have the right to have these Basic Human Rights and to stand up for them.
(List of rights from Serenity Online Therapy)
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