TRUST: Show faith, belief, and confidence that someone has the character and ability to be truthful and act in the best interests of the relationship.
RESPECT: Show consideration and attention. Let your partner know you value their thoughts and feelings.
SUPPORT AND AFFIRMATION: Encourage and praise one another, give thanks, show you want the best for your partner.
SAFETY: Protect one another from harm, pain, and discomfort. Allow each other free expression. Offer compassion and understanding.
HONESTY: Be truthful and sincere. Be fair and straightforward. Stick to the facts. Share your true feelings.
PARTNERSHIP AND COMMITMENT: Cooperate with and help one another. Share responsibilities. Join together for work and play. Honor the bonds you share.
INTIMACY AND OPEN COMMUNICATION: Share your deepest feelings and your true nature. Accept one another without judgment or criticism. Trust that by sharing private matters you will strengthen your bond, not make yourself vulnerable.
NEGOTIATION AND COMPROMISE: Make decisions that will be satisfactory to both parties. Be clear about your needs and how your partner can help meet them. Be considerate of your partner's needs. Meet each other in the middle. Help meet your own needs.
ACCOUNTABILITY: Be responsible and dependable. Accept blame when you have done something wrong or hurt someone. Say you are sorry - show you are sorry. Keep your partner informed and connected. Keep your promises.