Unfortunately, many of us have experienced the signs of a toxic relationship at least once. You could even be in one right now! We question how they can be avoided and maybe even if we are the toxic person. We ask ourselves why, after experiencing past toxic relationships, do we continue to have them?
Every couple goes through relationship problems but toxic and unhealthy relationships are different. And the one major thing to note is that you are consistently being brought down and feel used by this person. You feel taken advantage of and angry not only at them but at yourself.
Here are 5 signs of a toxic relationship you need to pay attention to.
1. It seems like you can’t do anything right
Does this person constantly put you down? Do they make you feel like you are not good enough and mock your personality?
Do you feel ashamed most of the time? Do you only feel accepted when you take on the traits of the person doing the condemning or judging?
2. Everything is about them and never about you
You have feelings too, but the other person will not hear them. You are unable to have a two-sided conversation where your opinion is heard, considered and respected.
Instead of acknowledging your feelings, they battle with you until they get the last word.
3. You’re unable to enjoy good moments with them
Every day brings another challenge. It seems as though they are always raising gripes about you.
Their attempt to control your behaviour is an attempt to control your happiness.
4. You’re not comfortable being yourself around them
You do not feel free to speak your mind. You have to put on a different face just to be accepted by that person.
Then, you realize that you do not even recognize yourself anymore.
5. They don’t allow you to grow and change
Whenever you aim to grow and improve yourself, the other person responds with mockery and disbelief. There is no encouragement or support for your efforts.
Instead, they keep you stuck in old judgments insisting that you will never be any different than you are now.
If you are experiencing even just one of these signs, check-in with yourself to see if the relationship is doing more damage than good.
We all deserve healthy relationships but we won’t get them if we’re stuck in unhealthy ones.
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