Toxic relationships are seen in movies, books and daily life, but most don’t realize that relationships between family and friends can be just as toxic.
According to CORA (Community Over- coming Relationship Abuse), relationships can be divided into three different areas: healthy, unhealthy and abusive.
There is a huge difference between a relation- ship that is unhealthy and an abusive relationship. A unhealthy relationship can include a lack of communication, pressuring the other into sexual activ- ity and taking control to the point that everything is focused on them getting their way.
However, an abusive relationship takes an unhealthy relationship to the next step and hurts the other by taking control of everything, but neither is okay.
These unhealthy and abusive relationships can be between parents, friends or significant others, but no matter who these relationships are with, it’s a problem that needs to be addressed.
Before anyone gets involved with an unhealthy relationship there are signs to look out for to keep safe.
According to the Psych Central, the first step to getting out of a toxic relationship is addressing the situation and according to the Huffington Post, there are four early sign of a toxic relationship. They have ex baggage, they’re a control freak, they lie about anything, and they are physically dominant.
If another’s significant other needs consoling over their past relationships, then they are not truly ready to be in a relationship with anyone and will most likely lead to heart break.
The Huffington Post said “Any time you feel that you are a puppet whose strings are being tugged on, it’s time to look seriously at the relationship.”
Next, if someone is lying about small things, there is no stopping them from lying from important matters as well breaking the trust between the two.
Lastly, small signs of grabbing or touching someone in a way that makes them feel uncomfortable are not okay and are signs that an abusive relationship can grow.