22. July 2013 · 2 comments · Categories: Social


Have you or any of your friends or relatives ever been the victim of a toxic relationship?

Many people are in relationships that are unhealthy.

Toxic relationships can exist, for example, between immediate family members, friends, marital partners and co-workers.

Toxic relationships are abusive either physically, emotionally or both.

Toxic relationships interfere with those involved from living a productive and healthy life. In essence, toxic relationships destroy an individual’s personal development.

Definition of a Toxic Relationship

A toxic relationship is one in which you feel and/or experience either physical or emotional abuse.

A toxic relationship is one that is characterized by chronic feelings of anger, depression or fear.

Toxic Relationship Indicators

Do you feel:

  • Unfulfilled and drained?
  • Badly about yourself?
  • Threatened or in danger?
  • The giver in the relationship?
  • Insecure and unhappy?
  • Not in control of the situation?

If you answered yes to several of these questions, you are probably in a toxic relationship.

Necessary Steps to get out of a Toxic Relationship

It is very difficult for many people to get out of a toxic relationship. This is due to many factors including low self-esteem, depression, fear of being alone, physical threats from a partner,denial and lack of self-awareness.

The following steps need to be taken to get out of a toxic relationship:

  • Recognition that you are in a toxic relationship.
  • A belief that you deserve better treatment by your partner. People with low self-esteem often don’t believe they deserve anything better. This kind of change of thinking may not come easily and may require the help of a competent professional.
  • The ability to address the toxic behavior when it occurs.
  • The ability to distance and/or separate yourself from the source of toxicity.

Most significantly, doing nothing will continue to adversely affect you both physically and psychologically.

People in toxic relationships ignore their intuition and/or feelings. The importance of such intuition and/or feelings should not be underestimated.


Toxic relationships pose a major potential problem to everyone in life. These relationships can both physically and mentally damage an individual, take an enormous toll on their health and stifle personal development.

Toxic relationships can go on for years without our realizing that we are in such a relationship.

I have listed six indicators that people should be aware of that could suggest that they are in a toxic relationship,and the specific steps that one must take in order to sever such relationship.

It is sometimes very difficult to sever a toxic relationship due to a lack of awareness, lack of self-esteem, fear and other factors of the individual being victimized.

Competent professional help may be necessary.

About the author: Bob

Bob is a businessman, athlete, and entrepreneur who is passionate about helping people progress personally through better self-awareness.


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