When you get into a relationship – whether it’s romantic or platonic – you think that it will bring you happiness. Not many people go into relationships thinking that it is going to make them unhappy, right? Unfortunately, there are many relationships in the world that are very unhealthy. In fact, you can call them downright toxic.
Think of the word “toxic.” It means poisonous. It means detrimental to your health. Hazardous. Potentially deadly.
Usually, we use that word to describe things, other than people, that could potentially kill us – rat poison, hard drugs, too much alcohol or smoking, unhealthy eating, carbon monoxide, etc. You get the point.
However, people and relationships can be just as dangerous to your well-being as any of the above-mentioned substances. The problem is that it’s not as easy to identify the toxicity when it comes to a person.
So, let’s begin by talking about how to recognize the signs of a toxic relationship.
11 Signs of a Toxic Relationship
Some people grew up in toxic families. Maybe there was verbal, emotional, and/or physical abuse. Whether it’s between parents or between the parent(s) and children, it’s still an unhealthy and toxic environment to grow up in.
If someone is from a family such as this, perhaps they will not even recognize if and when they are in a toxic relationship.
Here are some signs of a toxic relationship: