Kristen Fuller, a California-based family medicine physician who specializes in mental health, adds that toxic relationships are mentally, emotionally and possibly even physically damaging to one or both participants.
Is it bad to stay in a toxic relationship?
Holding onto a toxic relationship prevents personal growth. This, in turn, leads to a stifling of personal growth, or even reversion back to older, less sophisticated forms of dealing with stress. A healthy relationship encourages growth and dialogue on both sides.
Is it normal to be toxic in a relationship?
Toxic relationships are characterized by a lack of trust, controlling behaviors, and frequent lying. Often one partner is prioritized instead of coming together as a team. While toxic relationships can, at times, be healed, both partners must be willing to adapt and work on the relationship.
What is real love vs Toxic love?
In true love, every conversation is constructive, trying to understand and help, or convey affection to your partner. In toxic love, conversations are intended to blame, defend or manipulate your partner.