Toxic relationships aren’t always obvious, and can sneak up on couples often outside of awareness. Huffington Post asked me for signs a relationship might be suffering, and I was happy to weigh in.
If you are curious if your relationship might be headed for trouble, check out the full article by clicking HERE.
They put up walls.
“Avoiding communication and connection with your partner can be a particularly dangerous habit that can lead to feelings of isolation and loneliness. Communication is a two-way street, and it isn’t hard to fall into a rhythm of disconnection that feeds off of each partner’s avoidant and distant behavior. It’s hard to be vulnerable when your partner is closed off, just as it is hard to be compassionate when your partner doesn’t communicate what’s going on.” ― Alicia H. Clark, a psychologist in Washington, D.C.
They play the blame game.
“Conflicts that are always your partner’s fault make fertile ground for feeling frustrated and stuck. When responsibility for difficulty isn’t shared and your partner is always at fault, there’s going to be resentment. Waiting for your partner to change, and criticizing him for not doing it fast enough, is a toxic place to be. If you find that your partner is the problem more often than not, your relationship may be heading for trouble.” ― Clark