How To Deal With A Toxic Relationship
If you want to know what a toxic relationship is, or how to deal with it, I’m here to help. Right now, there are so many different opinions and thoughts about toxic relationships. Because of this, I want to approach this topic carefully.
I’m going to give you some guidelines to think about and provide you with truth, hope, and plan going forward. To start, we’ll take a look at these two questions: What do people say about toxic relationships? And, what is a toxic relationship defined as clinically?
“Toxic Relationships” Are Many Different Things (According To The Internet)
It seems like everyone has a different definition of what a toxic relationship is. For example, some people will say a relationship is “toxic” when “you can’t agree on things.” Or, there’s “passive aggressive behavior.”
Maybe they “can’t resolve conflict,” or just “avoid conflict because they can’t solve it.” Therefore, the relationship is “toxic.”
It could also be that “one person doesn’t give any effort to the relationship,” so, it’s “toxic.”
While these definitions are not healthy for a relationship, they aren’t toxic. The relationship is not going well, but it can be fixed.
The Actual Definition Of Toxic Is Deadly
Toxic literally means poisonous. Eating or ingesting something that’s toxic will kill you. It’s not just that you don’t like the taste of something. No. Toxic is poisonous.
The Clinical Definition Of A Toxic Relationship Is An Abusive Relationship
From a professional point of view, toxic relationships are abusive relationships. The abuse can be physical, verbal, or emotional.
If any of these characteristics describe your relationship, please get help:
- You feel scared for your safety
- You live in fear of your spouse
- Your spouse controls you and isolates you from others
- You’re put in situations where your rights/freedoms are taken away from you
Please get help IMMEDIATELY. You can go to the Hotline.org: https://www.thehotline.org/ Here, you will understand what abuse is, learn how get help, and learn how to get safe.
There Is A Difference In The Definitions
As we said before, “toxic relationships” are defined differently by many different people. However, the clinical definition is extremely serious. This situation needs to be attended to immediately.
If you aren’t in a life-threatening situation in your relationship, but still have problems, this next part will be important for you. Here’s what your relationship might look like: you fight with your spouse, you can’t compromise, or you stopped putting effort in. While these three examples aren’t good for your relationship, there is help for that! We have workshops, coaching, and online courses that can help you grow, fix, or save your marriage.
Again, if you feel like your relationship is abusive or harmful to you, please find someone to help you get safe. Again, you can go to the Hotline.org. https://www.thehotline.org/
After you get safe, only then, can you start thinking about the relationship.