13 Signs That Show That You Are Stuck In A Toxic Relationship

Posted by Sama in Relationships On 17th June 2021
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We are living in times where toxic relationships are considered the new normal. Toxic behavior based on manipulation and gaslighting is common in relationships and it's almost like people find it hard to differentiate between what is right and wrong anymore. Forget about setting healthy boundaries but society is molded in such a way that breaking away from toxic relationships has become extremely difficult. These are few signs that point towards a toxic relationship and if you identify with more than one then perhaps it's time to reconsider your relationship.

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#1 Jealousy

Jealousy is often considered cute in a relationship where a partner is jealous and acts over possessively. I mean a little jealousy is only natural but what happens when it turns into something of an obsession? It then turns into a toxic trait that makes the life of both partners a living hell.  

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#2 Emotional Blackmailing

The feeling of being in love and having a partner who watches out for you is all great. But what happens when the relationship is accompanied by unwanted emotional blackmailing where even a little action against one of the partner turns into a drama where emotional blackmailing is used as a weapon to remind the other person that how much they mean to them and if they feel the same then they wouldn't have done that thing.

This eventually makes the person take a guilt trip where they are gaslighted to believe that they did wrong. It's a vicious cycle that goes on and on and is one of the most dangerous toxic traits of a relationship. So you better watch out for this trait and make a better decision for your life. 

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#3 Keeping a score

Being in a relationship is all about being equal. An equal partner in crime and equal partner in all the wrongs and rights. So what happens when one of the partners starts keeping track of who did right and who did wrong and for that purpose always looking for ways to settle the score? Looks cheap right? That is right, this is also a toxic trait and the better you get rid of such a partner the more it guarantees a long happy life for you. 

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#4 Passive aggression

Communication is key for a healthy relationship. Add a factor of passive aggression on behalf of one partner and you can imagine what happens next. 

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#5 Blame Game

 When you are genuinely in love, you respect your partner and their life choices and instead of playing a blame game and dragging them down you become their biggest cheerleader and push them to their best. However, all this goes in reverse when one of the toxic partners starts playing a blame game. 

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#6 Narcissist

Your partner is a narcissist who calls you names and demeans you and is ever ready to criticize you or point out your flaws. This toxic trait leaves the receiving partner not only broken but also damages their personality with serious self-esteem issues. 

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#7 Manipulating behavior

Your partner 24/7 wants to know about your whereabouts or what you are personally up to. Your personal space becomes a dream far away as you have to keep in touch all the time. This toxic trait can damage your personality in a much harsher way than you imagine so be mindful of who you want to share your life with.

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#8 Silent treatment

Even a little thing going wrong means you will be held responsible for the repercussions and bracing yourself for the silent treatment coming your way for days or perhaps even weeks. This toxic behavior not only takes away your peace of mind but hampers your daily life activities too. 

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#9 Always making guilty

That one toxic partner will always make you feel guilty and will make you insecure about yourself to the point that you start feeling sorry for your existence. Solution for this? Make a wise choice on who you allow to criticize you on a personal level and discard that trash of a person from your life. 

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#10 Forcing you to change yourself

They will always compare you with celebrities, models, or other people from your circle. As a result, they will make you feel less beautiful and will force you to go on a diet, change your hairstyle, and even your hair color. 

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#11 No limit to their obsession

They are obsessed with you and with your life. They want to control every aspect of it and manipulate it the way they want. This leads to suffocation in the relationship and it's better to end it before your life becomes anymore hellish. 

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#12 Compulsive liar

This one partner in a relationship is a compulsive liar and lies to their convenience. Living with such a person is like living a lie. This toxic trait hits you mentally at another level and you start doubting over what is right or wrong anymore.  Solution? Better to end it before it gets any worse. 

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#13 Your friends hate your partner

You are so much in love that you are in oblivion and are not able to recognize how the toxic behavior is getting to you. But your friends and family see this and for this reason, they hate your partner. 

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#14 What to do?

Now that you have realized that you are in a toxic relationship, you ask yourself this question, what to do next? First, ask yourself this question in what sort of toxic environment you are stuck? Whether your relationship is worth saving? Whether you can fix things with your partner by taking therapy together?

While contemplating all options remember this one thing. Not all toxic relationships are worth saving and changing a person is a difficult thing. So chose wisely before taking the next step and ask yourself what kind of future you want for yourself.  

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#15 Start loving yourself

The first step in coming out of a toxic relationship is practicing self-love. Loving yourself and realizing that you don't deserve to be treated like shit is a deal-breaker for the toxic behavior of your partner. So practice self-compassion and to love yourself learn to forgive yourself first.

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