No one plans to get into a toxic relationship. In fact, most of us don’t realize we are in one until it is impossible to turn back. Sadly most women can’t recognize the fact that they are being abused. It is also important to note that not all abuse is physical; there is mental and emotional abuse. Abuse can be covert as well as overt.
Abusive partners don’t show their true colours on the first meeting. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. In the beginning, the other person is extremely affectionate and rushes into a commitment very quickly. Most women being innocent probably believe that he is too good.
Identifying an abusive relationship can be tricky because the victim doesn’t want to break the image of a ‘strong woman.’ After all, good women are ones who compromise.
Of course, no relationship is perfect. But one thing is certain. A healthy relationship should make you feel secure, happy, respected and free to be yourself. Toxic relationships, on the other hand, make you feel drained, depleted, and worthless.
How can you spot a toxic relationship? Watch out for the following red flags.
- It’s all take, no give. If you are the only person expected to compromise and change yourself, the threat is real.
- Constantly feeling sad or low. If you are always demotivated, stressed out and fatigued, it’s time to re-evaluate your relationship status.
- If your partner doesn’t trust you, it is a sure sign of an unhealthy relationship. If your partner is disrespectful to you, says things that make you feel bad, blocks you from leaving the home, forces you to stop spending time with your friends, you are better off alone.
- Judgmental relationships can never function smoothly. Criticism and feedback should be helpful and never belittle the other person. Mutual respect is the first requirement of a good partnership.
- If the other person doesn’t communicate, there is no relationship. Period.
- If your partner wants to be in control or there is a constant tug-of-war, you’re in a damaging relationship.
- Good relationships are supposed to improve your life. If you have to change opinions to please someone else, there is no reason to be in the relationship. Stop fuelling someone else’s fragile ego. You can put that time and energy to much better use.
- Yes, all relationships go through challenges, but partners work through them together. Your partner should be a source of strength, not negative energies.
- You have the right to say No. The other person should value and acknowledge your decision.
- The smallest bits of lies destroy a relationship. If someone is constantly lying to you and making you unhappy, let them go.
Remember, life is too short and precious. Don’t spend it with a person who hurts you. Stand up for yourself – you are powerful and you have the right to decide who stays in your life.
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