Keeping it Real

Is Your Relationship Toxic?

While most signs of a toxic relationship are pretty obvious, some signs can be subtle.

Most toxic relationships start out to be promising. Little by little bad habits take hold and before you know it – you’re in a toxic relationship. Recognizing the signs of a toxic relationship is essential and will save you months or years of languishing in a relationship that is damaging. If you want to know some of the most toxic behaviors as told by relationship experts – read on.

1. They’re overly critical of each other.

Bonnie Ray Kennan: “In a toxic relationship, there’s a chronic tone of criticism and tension. Partners feel as though they can never please the other. They describe ‘walking on eggshells’ to stave off the criticism. This is a learned behavior from a person’s family of origin. If someone was raised by critical parents and observed them being critical of each other, it’s as natural as breathing to criticize. It is a setup to create the same kind of toxicity in the next generation.”

2. They lose their identities.