Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Are You In A Toxic Relationship?

We often think that toxic relationships occur only in intimate relationships but that really is not accurate.

Toxicity can arise among friends, parent-child, co-workers, and even mere acquaintances. Our tendency is to “blame” the other, whoever that may be, for the poisonous nature or injecting the toxin in the relationship.

The experts describe toxic relationships as those:
“...Characterized by behaviors on the part of the toxic partner that are emotionally and, not infrequently, physically damaging to their partner. While a healthy relationship contributes to our self-esteem and emotional energy, a toxic relationship damages self-esteem and drains energy. A healthy relationship involves mutual caring, respect, and compassion, an interest in our partner’s welfare and growth, an ability to share control and decision-making, in short, a shared desire for each other’s happiness. A healthy relationship is a safe relationship, a relationship where we can be ourselves without fear, a place where we feel comfortable and secure. A toxic relationship, on the other hand, is not a safe place. A toxic relationship is characterized by insecurity, self-centeredness, dominance, control. We risk our very being by staying in such a relationship. To say a toxic relationship is dysfunctional is, at best, an understatement.(Source: Health ScopeMagazine)

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In my personal view and experience of being and staying in toxic relationships, the stage is set in our childhood, how we were conditioned or trained to relate. Often it is hard to recognise the true nature of the relationship and so, we invite you to take this Quiz and check your relationship pulse. It matters not whether it is an intimate or professional relationship. 

Toxicity is toxicity and it will choke the life out of you!

Getting and staying out of toxic relationships is – yes you know what I am going to say – an inside job. It starts and ends with you! Read these 10 Steps To End A ToxicRelationship.

Be good to yourself and should you need any support, feel free to contact us through this blog or on our Facebook page.


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