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Boundaries and Good-Byes to Old Patterns
Boundaries and good-byes to old patterns
Session IV Text

Boundaries are limits drawn by each of us that define our separateness, uniqueness, and basic rights. They should not be overstepped. Each individual human being is unique and precious, possessed of a core self that deserves to be separate, sovereign, and independent from anyone else. It is a private core of dignity, self-respect, and a sense of one's own worth and identity (see Figure 4.1). It belongs only to oneself. From her understanding of rights, each woman develops her own boundaries around this private territory. Boundaries are not a wall against the world; they are an open door for loving yourself and for healthy relationships.

Figure 4.1. Healthy Core and Boundaries

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