Identifying the Warning Signs of Toxic Relationships: Are You In One?

How to Recognize Them

2 min readMar 2, 2023
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Toxic relationships are not always seen in romantic partnerships, they could exist among family, friends or even co-workers. No matter where any type of toxic relationship can be very distressing and demanding specifically when things are not handled properly.

For instance, try to identify these signs to understand whether you are in a toxic relationship or not:

i) Hostile behaviours:

Any toxic environment can be caused by certain peoples who always whines, complains and criticizes. Other types of toxic traits could be maladaptive perfectionism, pathological lying and unhealthy competition. Apart from these, the toxic person may even allow their insecurities to bring out their most destructive traits.

ii) Lack of self-awareness:

Individuals who lack self-awareness sometimes fail to see the harm they do to others. They might not also be aware of a healthy way of communication. Also, they probably do not understand social cues very well and can’t recognize when they’re annoying others or giving others the impression that they are being judged or disregarded.

iii) Intentionally hurting others:




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