Every time you generalize, you are going to be wrong.
(hahaa see what I did?)
Everyone says "Communication, honesty, trust" like the relationship mantra. I agree those things are good, and vanilla as well as kinky people benefit from them. So, we'll start with those as the basis of a great relationship. I think you need a lot more than that though. Caring, kindness, really seeing people for who they are and not some kind of idealized version of an archetype, or slightly warped version of yourself, are all important. Forgiveness, for large and small issues, for real or imagined slights, is a huge part of a continuing good relationship.
For a Master/slave relationship there are several additional issues. The Master has to be the leader. The slave has to follow. Otherwise, it's not really going to work. It always takes both people participating. And when one doesn't? First, go back to forgiveness and understanding, which can carry you through some temporary problems. If it is an ongoing issue, though, the relationship is not going to be maintained in the same form. It is going to change to something else.
Then there is the issue of rules, which an M/s relationship most likely has, whereas a vanilla one does not.
(note: this is reprinted from a thing I wrote a while ago)
If you're going to have rules, you better feel like enforcing them.
Sometimes a brand new Master will have all these seemingly strict rules but he doesn't enforce them all the time. Only if he feels like
it, and sometimes harshly, but sometimes not at all. This gives the distinct impression that the rules don't matter, that he's not serious about any of this.
Ok, I'm a dog trainer. The trainer gets
the dog they deserve, and the Master gets the slave he deserves. We
always say there is no one true way, but these are things that are
important to ME, and that I have heard other slaves say are important to
them as well. They may not be universal, but still could be a handy
guide for the newbie.
I think in terms of consistency,
clarity, function, and success. I believe this new Master is doomed to
failure if he continues on this path of vague, unenforceable and oddly
strict seeming rules.
Here is what I think it takes:
1. Consistency: It gives the slave confidence that what they are doing is right and necessary.
2. Clarity: Don't make rules that
contradict each other because then the slave will blow off the whole
deal as impossible to follow. The same for rules that are overly vague
3. Function: Make sure your rules fit
in with the realities of life. No one can ask before doing EVERY single
thing. May I breathe, sir? Oh, he's asleep, I guess I won't breathe
then. No. This is not reality.
4. Success: Allow the slave to be successful by paying attention to consistency, clarity and function.
Of course, there are many types of relationships besides purely vanilla and M/s, but I'm just addressing what I know here.
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