MyDefinition is here for YOU! Below are some common terms we get asked about, and here are Our Definitions:
Coercion - Attempting to persuade someone to do something they originally didn't want to or that isn't in line with their values.
Consent - A mutual agreement about boundaries, values, and experiences that respects and supports everyone involved. Consent requires regular communication.
Equity - Fairness and justice with recognition that we do not all start from the same place. This requires continued acknowledgement and adjustments to account for systemic and individual imbalances.
Gaslighting - Manipulating someone into questioning what they know.
Love Bombing - Manipulating someone's feelings by using affection, flattery, over-the-top compliments, or gifts.
To learn more about these definitions and others, take a look at our blog posts.
Below are some student-created ideas about what makes a healthy relationship. We call these "Relationship Bill of Rights."
More of Your Definitions
We asked students what other terms and definitions they would like to include. Here is their list:
Honeymoon Phase - Early on in a relationship where a couple is carefree and happy.
Loyalty - Having respect for someone, and never doing anything that may hurt that person.
Manipulation - When someone blames you for their disrespectful actions, or uses your emotions to trick or confuse you.
Mansplaining - When a man tries to explain something very obvious to a woman because he automatically assumes he's smarter/more educated/more knowledgeable, or wants to feel important.
Respect - Using communication with your partner to show them love.
Talking Stage - The opportunity to get to know someone before committing to a relationship with them.
Victim Mentality - When someone ALWAYS views themselves as a victim and doesn't take responsibility for their own actions.