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Are You In A Toxic Relationship?

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Do you feel like something is off in your relationship and somehow everyone else in your life just dislikes your partner? Every relationship has its own highs and lows. However, a toxic relationship is more than just that. It drains your energy, sucks away your happiness, and wrecks your soul. It can be quite hard to get out of a toxic relationship but identifying one is the first step indeed. Other than physical violence, here are a few signs to watch out for.

7 Signs of a Toxic Relationship

Signs of a Toxic Relationship

The most serious warning signs include any form of violence, abuse, or harassment, which should be dealt with immediately. Being aware that the relationship is toxic is vital in protecting yourself from breakage. If you’re in a toxic relationship, you may recognize some of these signs in yourself, your partner, or the relationship itself.

Powerlessness

feeling powerless

You experience a distinct imbalance of power in a toxic relationship. At times you might feel powerless and at the mercy of your partner’s whims. It can be manifested in many forms, such as disregarding your choices, making decisions for you, controlling your life or finances, making a public scene even cutting you off from your friends or family.

Walking On Eggshells

Walking On Eggshells

You have to constantly be cautious of your partner and their reactions, which are often unpredictable or predictably volatile. You are scared of doing or saying the wrong thing that ticks them off unreasonably, and you know it will be taken out on you. Sometimes you don’t even know what you did wrong, which makes you tread in fear constantly.

Lack Of Trust

If your trust has been broken so often that you simply cannot place your trust in your partner, it is definitely not a good place. On the other hand, if your partner is unreasonably suspicious of you, controlling your movements and company, stalking or spying on you, or constantly making you prove your loyalty it is extremely toxic indeed. 

Imbalance Of Effort

Have you ever felt like you are the only one putting all the effort into the relationship? Your partner might or might not be actively trying to sabotage, but they clearly show no interest in taking care of your needs or even making the relationship work. This leaves you feeling emotionally drained and exhausted.

Feeling Trapped

feeling trapped in toxic relationship

Sometimes you feel like your relationship has more downs than ups, and you mostly feel all sorts of negative feelings. Yet, whenever you try to get out of it, you get sucked right in, be it with grand sweet gestures, or threats and blackmail. This leads you to feel trapped and stuck in something bad.

Violation Of Consent

You might notice that your agency or consent is often being infringed upon. Your partner makes the decisions in the relationship and you just have to put up with it. Be it in the bedroom or otherwise, they will just get their way with love or threat even when you say no. This leaves you feeling violated.

Impact On Life Outside Relationship

A huge cue that can alert you to the toxicity of your relationship is your interaction with the world. People see you as miserable, withdrawn, easily irritated. Your relationships with people other than your partner are deteriorating and you just don’t have the energy to mend them.

If you have identified that your relationship is toxic, it is important to take immediate action. Open communication and relationship therapy can do wonders if your partner is willing to change. Contact your local police or women’s helplines if you are in danger.

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