Dating can be an empowering and wonderful experience. However, there are also significant others who are a strain on our lives and are better off being with someone else. The question becomes, how do we recognize when the relationship has become toxic? How they act about or around your family can be a dead giveaway. They may act like it is a terrible obligation or a favor to you. They also send hurtful or erratic text messages. Toxic partners will also stop you from pursuing your dreams and try to keep you the way you are.
- Relationships can be full of playful dates, positive emotional growth, and a stream of sunsets and heart emojis.
- Learning the verbal/behavioral signs of an abusive/narcissistic personality is a critical learning skill for everyone who dates. It’s an issue I work on in therapy with depressing regularity.”
- We asked experts to break down everyday relationship scenarios and tell us how they’re handled in a healthy relationship versus a toxic one.
“It’s easy to identify physical abuse but very difficult for a person in a toxic relationship to ‘hear’ abuse, especially if the victim was raised around negativity or criticism”