4. Communicating Effectively with your Relative and Setting Limits
A personal boundary is the shield we put around ourselves where one person stops and the other begins. It includes a person’s physical, emotional, sexual and social safety zones. For example, think of the role that clothing plays as a personal boundary. Clothing protects us physically from the cold and from damage due to sun. But clothing is also a sign to others that we have boundaries and that we are protecting ourselves. We cover our bodies more when we are more at risk and need more protection, such as in the winter. Doors can also be a form of protection. Doors are a way of keeping people in or out, either literally or figuratively. When we need privacy, we close doors; when we feel at risk, we may lock or double-lock them. On the other hand, when we feel safe and friendly, we open doors to allow people in.
Maintaining boundaries and setting limits can not only help you, but also those around you. Boundaries can help by: