Toxic relationships are unhealthy and damaging for both people in the relationship. The relationship may be based on an unhealthy neediness, a desire to control and manipulate, or even fear of loss, but regardless of the causes or driving emotional factors, the signs of a toxic relationship are pretty clear.

The challenge is, those signs may be clearer to outsiders than to the two people engaged in the relationship. Are your friends suggesting that your romantic partner doesn’t seem to treat you very well? Are you making excuses for his or her behavior? These are just two of the strong indicators that you may be in a toxic relationship.

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