A relationship is often unhappy when the limits of one of the partners are not respected.
Equal partners can help each partner to feel positive about himself or herself. They do not:
- want to have power over the other (they do not think they have more value than the other) or;
- need the approval or opinion of the other about everything (they do not think they have less value than the other).
Equal partners carry equal responsibility in a relationship. For example: they decide together whether they want to have children or not (family planning), if and what kind of contraception they want to use.
Sometimes inequality can lead to partner violence or sexually abusive behaviour.