Relationship Deal Breakers Worksheet

What is the theory behind this Relationship Deal Breakers Worksheet?

Relationship deal breakers refer to those specific actions that are completely intolerable in a relationship. It is important for couples to openly communicate about these deal breakers with each other so that they are aware of what boundaries they must never cross. Beginning a relationship with this clarity can ensure things never get to that breaking point. This exercise can also be revisited at any point in the relationship to remind one another to respect and uphold boundaries. 

How will the worksheet help?

This worksheet can help couples to write down all the actions that they consider to be relationship deal-breakers for them. It can help them be ready when the time comes to openly communicate their needs and boundaries to their potential or current partner. All relationships must be aware of and make efforts to uphold healthy boundaries. 

How to use the worksheet?

This worksheet can be used in therapy for couples seeking to improve the quality of their relationship. Instruct them individually to write down the actions that they consider to be absolute deal breakers for their relationship and rate their importance. These can be general actions such as verbal abuse or something specific to the relationship such as moving to a new location. 

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