If you've ever had young puppies in their formative years you eventually want to take them to dog obedience training classes as it is well worth your time for them to learn commands and properly walk on a leash for you. You will be amazed how they respond with this training and have a BETTER RELATIONSHIP with you going forward. Animals respond to consistency. Riding horses even, they pick up on a novice rider's passive or fearful energy and will take advantage of you if you lack command. But think about
Obedience Training For People
Whether they be a child, our real estate client, our co-worker, friend, or sibling can they be trained? I'll leave the toughest one for last. What I mean by training is giving solid boundaries for people in life of who we are and what we need. PEOPLE TREAT US AS WE TRAIN THEM TO TREAT US. Remember that. Do not be rolled over by others. Do not let them intimidate us. In no uncertain terms communicate what will and won't be tolerated, accepted, and what is important to us.
The toughest customer in this "boundaries" area? Love interests. With romantic love you lay yourself WIDE OPEN as far as being vulnerable and essentially give the other a license or permission to hurt you. It is the risk of love and despite that area being very painful always worth it. Close love relationships have a give and take and learning and growth feel to them, DESPITE boundaries that are put forth. They are ALWAYS being tested even more so then all the other relationships. The good news is for those category relationships that are meant to be, balance and harmony finally is achieved. It is just a matter of time.
While people are much more complex than dogs or horses they do need to know VERY CLEARLY who you are and where you stand and know YOUR behavior patterns as you do theirs. It's all good. Just have a solid backbone and you'll be fine.