Are you a Partner or a Hostage?

Let’s sort this out:
Partners have choices.
Hostages have to do what they’re told.
Partners can leave and speak.
Hostages are bound and gagged.
Partners share power.
Hostages have no power.
Partners compromise.
Hostages adjust.
Partners are trusted.
Hostages are checked up on.
Partners are loved.
Hostages are blackmailed.
Partners’ boundaries are observed.
Hostages’ boundaries are violated.
People take partners.
Addiction takes hostages.

So, which is it? Are you a partner or a hostage?
Which do you have? A partner or a hostage?

Published by Keith R Wilson

I'm a licensed mental health counselor and certified alcohol and substance abuse counselor in private practice with more than 30 years experience. My newest book is The Road to Reconciliation: A Comprehensive Guide to Peace When Relationships Go Bad. I recently published a workbook connected to it titled, How to Make an Apology You’ll Never Have to Make Again. I also have another self help book, Constructive Conflict: Building Something Good Out of All Those Arguments. I’ve also published two novels, a satire of the mental health field: Fate’s Janitors: Mopping Up Madness at a Mental Health Clinic, and Intersections , which takes readers on a road trip with a suicidal therapist. If you prefer your reading in easily digestible bits, with or without with pictures, I have created a Twitter account @theshrinkslinks. MyFacebook page is called Keith R Wilson – Author.