Society has taught us to emotionally depend on our partner when, in fact, a stable relationship should include giving space and respecting each other. But love is blind, and we often ignore the signs that a relationship is becoming harmful.
Here are some warning signs of a toxic relationship. If you identify with most of them, maybe it’s time to rethink your relationship.
1. They don’t let you go out with your friends.
You barely see your friends, and when you do, you always bring your partner along. If this sounds familiar, it could be a warning sign. You have to understand that sometimes a relationship needs space to grow.
It is necessary to give each other space to keep from drowning in the relationship.Spending a lot of time together is like an addiction and is common in that first phase of love. But we must try not to stifle the relationship from the beginning or it may turn into a martyrdom.
2. They control your wallet.
Trust is essential, but you always have to put yourself first. What if the relationship ends and your partner has been managing your money? What would you live on? Economic violence is a form of domination.
It’s perfectly normal for a couple to share experiences and goods. A solution is to combine some of your income into a single pot but to also have separate money.
3. They go through your phone.
Going through each other’s phones and e-mails is not normal. It’s not proof of love: it’s an invasion of privacy and a sign of an unhealthy relationship.
This kind of controlling behavior can isolate partners and even lead to domestic abuse. You have to learn to trust each other because trust is what healthy relationships are built on.
4. They tell you how to dress.
To have stability in a relationship you must start by loving and respecting yourself.Your partner doesn’t like the way you dress? It’s not up to them to decide. You dress for yourself, not for others. Developing your senseof self-confidence may be difficult, but it’s essential for a healthy relationship.
5. They Insult You
There are limits that once crossed, there is no turning back. Therefore it’s best to never cross them. Does your partner repeatedly criticize and insult you and it has become a common situation?
Well, you should not allow it to be that way. If you start a relationship, set rules for yourself, like never to insult your partner. If they insult you, do not fall for that game. You’re better than that.
A healthy relationship is composed of numerous things including safety, support, and mutual respect. You must understand that unhealthy jealousy is not a sign of love.
Learn to respect and love yourself and to realize what you deserve, as all your relationships are a mirror of your inner love.