When your relationship is toxic, it can take you to a dark place. While some problems are worth solving, it’s important to remember that you should never stick around if your emotional, physical, and mental healths are ever at stake.
Below are 10 signs of a toxic relationship that might indicate it’s time for you to break up…
- Extreme criticism
Your partner is supposed to be your #1 motivator, period. If your partner continually criticizes your actions, appearance, or decisions, you should bring this to their attention and reconsider your relationship with them.
When your partner humiliates you in front of other people, they are not only lowering your self-esteem, but they are also making you more dependent on them and your relationship.
If your partner intentionally ignores you or deprives you of their attention, then you are most likely experiencing neglect. If this pattern continues, it can cause you a lot of psychological pain.
When your partner questions the validity of your thoughts, experiences, and memories, they are gaslighting you. This form of psychological abuse is extremely unhealthy, and it is a definite sign that you’re in a toxic relationship.
Jealousy in relationships is normal to a certain extent. But, if your partner’s jealousy is affecting the trust in your relationship or getting in the way of your social life, this is a major red flag.
If your partner is always making you choose “them or me,” this is a sign that they are unwilling to compromise, which isn’t good in any relationship.
Even when you’re in a committed relationship, it’s important to remember that you’re your own person. If your partner always wants to control your appearance, behavior, and decisions, you’re in a toxic relationship.
- Lack of Boundaries
Does your partner get angry at you when you don’t answer their texts or calls while you’re away from them? This behavior stems from the lack of trust they have for you, on top of them wanting to control your every move. It’s not your job to be always available to them.
- Withholding Affection
Affection and intimacy are necessary for a healthy relationship. If your partner withholds affection from you as a form of punishment, they are being emotionally abusive.
Emotional and/or physical traits are never acceptable. Regardless of what they entail, they’re all a sign of toxicity.