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Toxic Relationships



A toxic relationship is one in which at least one participant’s behaviors routinely damage the other—emotionally, psychologically, or physically. Many behaviors within toxic relationships are abusive, but sometimes we have difficultly labeling nonviolent or minor interactions—especially ones we perpetuate ourselves!—as “abuse” due to varying cultural or community expectations. Calling the behaviors “toxic” instead has allowed a growing conversation and awareness around our rights to positive, healthy relationships, whether with romantic partners, family members, or friends. While toxic behaviors vary, they can usually be sourced to the need to dominate or control a relationship. Being able to recognize these behaviors—in ourselves and others—is crucial to surrounding ourselves with the supportive interactions we all need to thrive.

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Iyanla Vanzant Defines Spiritual Abuse | Iyanla: Fix My Life | Oprah Winfrey Network

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FindCenterWe can influence the other person through our words and silence, but we can never control the outcome.

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FindCenterAs many conventionally unhappy parents did in the 1950s, my parents stayed together for the sake of the children—they divorced after my youngest brother left home for college.

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What Is Gaslighting? - Russell Brand

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