3 warning signs of a toxic relationship

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Most relationships go through both good times and bad. Generally, a successful marriage will require certain levels of communication, compromise and effort from both spouses.

Unfortunately, this is not always enough to sustain a healthy partnership. At times, the relationship can turn toxic, which may be harmful to the well-being of the partner on the receiving end. Recognizing the signs and addressing problems as early as possible could be in your best interests. Outlined below are three warning signs of a toxic relationship.

Controlling behavior

Occasionally, one partner may exhibit controlling patterns of behavior. These can vary in their severity, but they all tend to be harmful to the receiver. One common example involves a spouse monitoring activities in a manner that is unhealthy. For instance, a spouse may become unhealthily obsessed with their partner’s spending habits, social gatherings and general whereabouts. In extreme cases, a person’s life choices might even be totally controlled by their partner.

An unwillingness to communicate

Communication tends to be a key aspect of healthy relationships. Nevertheless, there may be occasions when a partner completely shuts the other out. Frequently, this is carried out in the form of giving the ‘silent treatment’. However, it may also consist of manipulative and passive-aggressive behavior. Over an extended period, this can be extremely demoralizing for a person who is making efforts to talk openly.

Not seeing both sides

Most people have aspects in their life that they need to work on. For example, somebody might have a short temper that fuels heated arguments. When one individual is completely unwilling to see both sides of the story, a relationship can quickly become toxic.

As a spouse, you have a right to be treated with dignity and respect. If you are in a position where there is no viable option other than divorce, it is crucial to remember that you have legal rights.

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