When a relationship is toxic, it can drag you down to a very dark place. In a romantic relationship, there can be many different types of abuse including different forms of emotional, psychological, and physical abuse, such as gaslighting and humiliation. There are some instances in which it is necessary to immediately leave a relationship. These instances include threats or unpredictable reactions that make you fear for yourself or your loved ones. Often, people don’t always realize they’re in a toxic relationship until it’s too late. Below are 8 of the most common signs of a toxic relationship that indicate it’s time for you to end it.
- Extreme criticism
If you find that your partner is unnecessarily critical of your decisions, actions, appearance, or anything else you should bring this to their attention and reconsider your relationship.
Humiliation lowers your self-esteem and makes you more reliant on your partner, AKA less likely for you to leave the relationship. If you feel like your partner often tries to embarrass you in front of others, it’s time to take a step back and evaluate your relationship.
If you feel like your partner intentionally ignores you or in more severe instances, deprives you of attention, then you are likely experiencing neglect.
If your partner uses manipulation to make you question the validity of your thoughts, experiences, and memories, this is a definite sign that you are in a toxic relationship as they are lowering your self-esteem and making you doubt yourself.
- Extreme jealousy
If your partner is jealous to the point that it is affecting the trust in your relationship or impeding on your social life outside of the relationship, this is a very bad sign.
If your partner refuses to compromise, making you choose “them or me”, “this or that”, it is a sign that they are unwilling to compromise, which is not a good sign in any relationship.
- Withholding affection
If your partner withholds affection from you as a form of “punishment” or as a way to manipulate you, this is a sign of a toxic relationship.
Emotional and/or physical threats related to you or people that you love are never an acceptable part of a relationship. Regardless of what the threat entails, this is a sign of toxicity.
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