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It’s not always clear when you’re in a toxic relationship. Sometimes, you feel like the luckiest person on earth. Other days, you question if you’re being mistreated.
Every couple has their ups and downs, but some behaviors are not okay.
It’s your job to protect your heart, body, and mind from abusive people. The first step is knowing when you’re in an unhealthy relationship and when it’s just a bad day. Keep reading for four giveaway signs that it’s time to move on.
Jealousy is a normal emotion that humans experience. It becomes a problem when your partner allows their jealousy to affect your relationship.
In unhealthy relationships, jealousy often comes from deep-seated insecurity. It has nothing to do with you, and everything to do with your partner’s self-esteem.
Intense jealousy can lead to controlling behavior, aggression, and even violence. If you feel like you must walk on eggshells to avoid triggering their jealousy, that’s a red flag.
A healthy level of jealousy can sometimes be an immature way to request attention. His Secret Obsession is all about being the hero in your life. Understanding this innate desire can improve your relationship.
When was the last time you saw your family or friends? What about going out for a stroll by yourself?
In unhealthy relationships, partners sometimes try to isolate each other. Or, one tries to isolate the other.
This behavior comes from a desire for control and ownership. In healthy relationships, we want our partners to see their friends and be close to family.
Notice if they point out flaws and issues with the people close to you. They may be trying to drive a wedge in those relationships so they can have you all to themselves.
Insults and Belittling
Name-calling is never okay. Unfortunately, when couples fight, harsh words sometimes get said. These words scar relationships permanently.
It’s crucial to label this behavior as unhealthy and unwanted. If you’re participating in the belittling, it’s time to work on yourself and get help.
If your partner is unable to stop insulting and belittling you, move on. This is a form of abuse that will only get worse. You can do much better in a healthy relationship.
Lack of Responsibility
Unhealthy relationships don’t only refer to physical abuse. When you’re the one always paying for things and being the adult, it’s unhealthy.
Does your partner hide from responsibilities? Do they have trouble holding down a job? Do you find yourself paying the bills and for date nights out?
A healthy relationship is built on honesty, fairness, and respect. Each person needs to take responsibility for their role. That includes taking ownership of our actions.
If you or your partner is unable to apologize for mistakes, it’s unhealthy. If there’s an imbalance in responsibility, you need to address it.
Are You in an Unhealthy Relationship?
Many couples don’t know that they’re in an unhealthy relationship. Until they see the flaws and red flags for what they are, they’ll stay the same.
Staying in a toxic relationship can become dangerous. Especially if they involve violent mood swings.
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