Toxic relationships can be hard to identify, especially if you love your partner and do anything for them. Even when signs seem obvious to others, unhealthy relationships and abuse can go unnoticed for days, months, or even years before you decide to do something about it.
Here are some of the signs that you are in a toxic relationship. This list should help you recognize toxic or abusive behavior in your partner and might help inspire you to do something about it.
1. Lack of Trust
You should be able to rely on your partner and trust them. If you cannot trust or be vulnerable with your partner, your relationship is at risk and may be toxic.
2. Hostile Communication
Whether it includes yelling, name-calling, hurtful phrases, or being violent with you or with objects around the house, hostility in a relationship can be very dangerous and is certainly toxic.
Hostility causes tension and creates distrust. If you struggle to experience open communication and are constantly worried about another outburst, you may be in a toxic relationship.
3. Controlling Behaviors
No one deserves to be controlled. Your partner should not control or influence your actions or beliefs. It’s one thing to consider the other partner’s opinions, but controlling is a totally different story. If your partner threatens you, your well-being, or your livelihood, you should be concerned.
4. Frequent Lying
Lying is wrong, no matter how big or small it is. When your partner lies to you, they don’t respect you and are not willing to give you the honesty and care you deserve. This is highly toxic behavior.
5. You’re Making Excuses for their Behavior
If you find yourself constantly trying to make excuses for or defend your partner, you might want to consider that you may be in a toxic relationship. Some of your partner’s negative characteristics may be hard to acknowledge yourself, which is totally understandable. However, you don’t deserve to be the only one picking up the pieces and trying to fix the behavior they exhibit or the actions they carry out.
Can You Fix a Toxic Relationship?
It is possible to mend a toxic relationship – but it takes two to tango. If your partner is not committed to being better and restoring the relationship, the toxicity can suffocate the both of you. If you have exhausted all of your options and your partner is still showing you that they are toxic, it may be time to end the relationship. It’s easier said than done, but we are here to help at J. G. Boyd Law. Give us a call 678-343-BOYD or schedule a consultation to discuss the divorce process and present us with your questions and concerns.
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