How to Recognize a Toxic Relationship

How to Recognize a Toxic Relationship

How to Recognize a Toxic Relationship

No two relationships are the same, and no relationship is perfect. Many people find comfort, solace, and love with their partner.  However, this may not always be the case.   Issues arise whenever you and your partner start to engage in negative behaviors consistently.  This can cause a toxic relationship, which is a potentially dangerous situation.  Relationship counseling can help you and your partner work through any issues if they can be resolved.  This can help both you and your partner to become in touch with who you are as individuals and resolve the issues you have together.  There are a few signs that indicate you may be in a toxic relationship.

Constant Judgment

When you are with a partner that constantly belittles or judges you, you may be in a toxic relationship.  Although many relationships involve criticism, there is a difference between constructive criticism and destructive criticism.  If you spouse constantly judges you by making you feel worse about yourself, this is crossing a line.  

Lack of Communication

Every relationship goes through ups and downs.  That's why relationship counseling is so important to help you through those rough times.  However, when you have noticed that you and your spouse are not talking or always avoiding one another, this could be detrimental to your relationship.  Without communicating, there is no relationship.

No Support

Your relationship with your spouse should be one of your primary support system.  If you cannot rely on your significant other for support, you will start to distance yourself from them.  A lack of support or genuine caring for a partner can prove as toxic for many relationships, especially when that support is actually negative.

Constant Drama

People fight.  It's that simple.  However, some people fight more aggressively and frequently than others.  When you and your partner are always involved in drama, it can be exhausting.  Often times, a person thrives on drama because they are insecure or belligerent, and this can become a dangerous scenario for others.

Feelings of Uncertainty

When you constantly doubt yourself and your abilities because of your spouse, you will live in a state of insecurity.  This can be detrimental to your mental health, and it is not sustainable over time.  When you find yourself being uncertain about your future with your spouse and your feelings towards one another, you may want to consider calling it quits or engaging in relationship counseling.

These are a few signs that show you are in a toxic relationship.  Relationship counseling may help you and your partner if you are suffering from negativity in your relationship, but it can also be time to call it quits.  If you feel like you are in a dangerous situation, you will want to end your relationship safely.  Contact our qualified professionals if you and your partner are looking to fix your relationship issues today.

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Heather Oller is the owner and founder of Orlando Thrive Therapy, Coaching, and Counseling. She is a licensed counselor and a family mediator who has over 23 years of dedicated work as a professional in the mental health field. Through her company's mission, she continues to pave the way for future therapists, and their clients, who want a higher quality of life....and who want to thrive, rather than just survive. You can contact Orlando Thrive Therapy at (407) 592-8997 for more information.