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Living Celibacy: Healthy Interpersonal Boundaries

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Br. John Mark Falkenhain, OSB, Ph.D., offers strategies for establishing and maintaining healthy interpersonal boundaries.

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Overview

Establishing and maintaining effective boundaries is an essential skill for living the celibate life. We often focus on the dangers of inadequate or overly porous boundaries, but rigid, impermeable personal boundaries can be isolating and equally detrimental to sustainable celibacy. Exploring the extremes of these two boundary styles can provide important insight into how to develop healthy, life-giving interpersonal relationships. Br. John Mark Falkenhain, OSB, Ph.D., offers strategies for establishing and maintaining healthy interpersonal boundaries.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will:

  1. Discuss the psychological and emotional basis for both underdeveloped and overly rigid boundary styles;
  2. Explore the impact of power differentials and dual relationships on interpersonal relationships; and
  3. Identify strategies for developing effective interpersonal boundaries.

Who Should Participate

Priests, deacons, men and women religious, lay ministers, and those involved in vocations, formation, or clergy and ministry personnel needs.

Reflection Questions

Questions for reflection and discussion prior to the learning session are provided below.

  1. What is my personal boundary style? How has my past experience shaped how I interact with others?
  2. What kind of feedback do I tend to get about the amount of personal information I share with others? Too much or too little?
  3. What kind of boundaries do I have with activities and objects, e.g., work, technology, food, alcohol, etc.?