What is a Toxic Relationship?
We all dream of the ideal relationship with a partner. We all have different likes and dislikes, but many people want a spouse who is fun, easy to talk to and shares their interests. They want someone who loves them for who they are and allows them to be themselves. They want a nice person who gives them a certain amount of freedom and does not try to control them.
Unfortunately, some people end up with partners who are controlling and manipulating. These partners may not trust them and may always accuse them of things they did not do, such as cheating. Some partners even physically, emotionally or financially abuse their spouses.
The sad part is that many people are afraid to leave in these situations. They continue to stay in these toxic relationships, in hopes that things will change. They never do.
What exactly constitutes a toxic relationship? Is your marriage toxic? Should you put in the work to try to change things, or should you just give up and file for divorce?
There are several types of toxic relationships. You may be in one, and not even know it. Your partner may be controlling toward you, but others may think that the person is on their best behavior. Read on to find out the signs of such a relationship.
Signs of a Toxic Relationship
- Belittling you. Your spouse may always make fun of you or say mean or negative things about you.
- They constantly criticize. You can’t do anything right. They constantly judge you and make you look bad so they can feel better about themselves.
- Bad temper. A person may ot be able to discuss anything with their spouse because he or she explodes into a bad temper over the slightest thing.
- Inducing guilt. A toxic person will make their victim feel guilty if the person does something they do not approve of.
- Passive-aggressive behavior. Believe it or not, toxic people display passive-aggressive behavior. They do this so their partner makes all the decisions for them. Then, if they’re not happy with the decisions, they have someone to blame.
- They use you. A toxic person makes everything about them. You can’t do enough for them. They always want more. They will drain your energy and never do anything for you in return.
- They don’t trust you. They may make up things, such as claim you’ve been cheating on them.
- Lack of communication. They refuse to talk to you. Instead, they yell and scream and talk at you.
- You can’t rely on the person for anything. They are never there when you need them.
Contact a Maryland Divorce Lawyer Today
A toxic marriage is not healthy. Such a relationship is dysfunctional and can cause you severe emotional harm. Don’t continue to stay in a marriage where your spouse feels the need to manipulate or control you.
Don’t be afraid to end your marriage and find happiness with a happy, healthy relationship. The Columbia divorce attorneys at the Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink, P.A. can simplify the divorce process and help you move with ease. We have two offices to serve you. To schedule a free consultation, fill out the online form or call (410) 774-5987.