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Recent posts have gotten me thinking about a topic I've pond

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Recent posts have gotten me thinking about a topic I've pondered in the past. The topic is interpersonal relationships with other members, becoming more than just supportive and bordering on romantic or hookup. While I have not witnessed any of these things in this group previously, I have seen joking about and things discussed that were off topic and sort of leaning into being flirtatious in a joking manner. I'd like to discuss this topic at length and see how you folks feel about this topic. Keeping in mind I am NOT a moderator at all. So I don't make any rules with SG. Firstly, I think it is important to have boundaries about this sort to of thing because if two people became too involved behind the scenes and then later it didn't work out, that could lead to another person losing their support system. So I have laid out for myself (no one else) boundaries I go by. For me, it's basically I don't make it a habit of private messaging other men. Other than a couple extenuating circumstances, I avoid it, but told my husband when I did do so, because I'm still married. Other boundaries, for me are, I don't really make personal phone calls because when I did I felt taken for granted but didn't get reciprocal support, which can be okay sometimes but if a person takes advantage of it that can lead to a person feeling sucked dry, emotionally depleted, etc. I'm wondering how others feel about the topic of having boundaries within a support group. Once again, I'm not trying to inflict my boundaries upon others, but am opening the idea of a discussion about other's views on this subject. I'm truly interested on the feelings of others on this subject.

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Aug 20

@Foundlove I've heard that quote before. Mine is "It isn't the problems that come your way. It's how you deal with them."

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Aug 20

@Michael72 OK, How come the rest of us aren't privy to the entertainment?

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Aug 20

I can say this about this site. There are a handful of people I have met who if they needed help or to talk in the middle of the night I would be there for them. Nothing romantic but I do know them well enough to let the internet anonymity drop and give them a call or meet them for coffee and talk. I have to say that it is risky but I have know some of them for long enough that I would feel safe.

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