What is a toxic relationship?
Toxic relationships can occur anytime, anywhere and to anyone. The other person in your relationship or friendship may be making you feel humiliated, attacked or even just unsupported. Anything that makes you feel your wellbeing and what you believe in, is being threatened. This is a toxic relationship. This is when another person makes you feel small, helpless, and upset.
There’s a big difference between having a fight with someone, and them manipulating you all the time; if you feel you are in a toxic relationship, it can be hard to say what exactly it is about the other person that is making you feel uneasy or upset. Often, it’s hard to talk about and defend yourself, because it looks like you’re overreacting or ‘making a big deal’.
Toxic relationships can make you feel like you’re not you anymore, like you don’t have the same confidence that you used to. You may feel like you have to be careful when you are with the other person because you are worried about making the other person angry.
How to know if you’re in a toxic relationship
Every relationship is different, but there are certain signs you can look for. If you feel another person is constantly making you feel uncomfortable and upset, you could be in a toxic situation. If this person makes you do dangerous things or brings out the worst in you, this is another sign of a toxic relationship. Someone could even be ‘gaslighting’ you. In other words, instead of taking responsibility for their behaviour, they blame you, and make you feel crazy.
How to manage and resolve toxicity
Anyone can be in a toxic relationship. Knowing the signs of toxic relationships and friendships can help you let the other person know their behaviour makes you uncomfortable. It’s important to talk to others about your relationship. Calling out things that make you uncomfortable as soon as possible can be scary, but the other person needs to be aware of your boundaries for your relationship to be healthy.
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