When was the last time you engaged in a conversation that ended up going south? In the midst of so much polarization, it's easy to do these days. I'm slowly learning the importance of engaging in healthy dialogue, rather than entering into a heated debate.
I was about 25 when I first learned the concept of boundaries. It was after reading the book Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend. But I didn't make it much further than awareness. I didn't know how to apply boundaries to my life. As a child, I learned other strategies to keep myself safe by hiding my feelings, trying hard to just be good and people-pleasing.