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What is a Toxic Relationship
Relationships have their natural ups and downs. What are the 10 signs of toxicity in a relationship?
Hiding what you really need. When you have to hide what you really need. Relationships should be a give and take equally, compromising by both parties when you need to.
You give 100% for very little in return. You're giving your all to your partner, and it feels like your partner isn't giving back. Discussing your feelings with your partner should be mutual. Talking and listening to each other should not feel like you're burdening your partner.
Wondering if they hate you. This feeling shouldn't be ignored. You're feeling it for a reason. Communicating with your partner about your feelings should be a two way street. Feeling are just that, something that you feel. They're not right, and they're not wrong, they are feelings.
Feeling they don't care. When it feels like they don't care about your time, emotions or experiences, it may be a toxic relationship.
When you feel drained, insignificant and/or constantly judged. Partners should not make each other feel this way. Sure there may be a time or two when you're supporting your partner that you feel this way. But feeling this way all the time may mean you're in a toxic relationship.
When you can't be yourself, and/or when you're partner is easily offended. It is possible to be loved for who you are. You shouldn't have to walk on eggshells all the time.
When you can't have personal boundaries. Personal boundaries are an important part of every relationship and should be respected. Relationships are about a give and take, ebb and flow. You're there for each other. From time to time, one may do more than the other, and when the positions reverse, they are there for you.
There you have it, Signs of a Toxic Relationship. Our sixth in the Emotionally Healthy You Series. Stay tuned every Tuesday to our website, Instagram Facebook page or sign up for weekly emails in our Emotionally Healthy You Series.
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