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This is Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay Click HERE on this line to find essays via Your-Key-Words. {Most frequent wordstarts of each essay will be put here.} ========================================================== %BOUNDARIES INTIMACY HONESTY CONTACT AFFECTION SEX 961007 People and communities set boundaries on what is and what is not: regarded with respect, tolerated, or supported---in regards to intimacy between members of a community. Boundaries may be drawn by: 1. The community 2. Guardians 3. Parents 4. Relatives 5. A spouse 6. A betrothed 7. A significant other 8. A friend 9. A jealous other 10. An owner 11. The person making advances 12. The person who is the focus of attention Boundaries may be drawn in terms of: 1. People's desires 2. Moral and ethical principles/rules 3. Ethics 4. Religious codes and scriptures 5. Secular informal codes & traditions 6. Secular formal laws 7. Contracts 8. Covenants Often conflicts aries because people do not recognize and honor boundaries because of: 1. Beliefs that they were unfairly drawn. 2. Claims that those who drew them should not have. 3. Claims that they were drawn without integrity. 4. Selfishness 5. Thoughtlessness 6. Petulance Violating boundaries without due respect for the personal and communal integrities of those who are affected by the violence---will not be likely to promote either personal or communal integrity; no matter how confident the violators are of their righteousness in violating the boundaries. Self- righteous people who are very confident that they are right in all that they do, are often guilty of promoting personal and communal disintegration. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================