A list of behavioral traits and patterns that can be noted when a couple is immersed in a toxic relationship.
Some noteworthy habits to watch for are being overly critical of one another, not establishing and building upon friendships outside of their relationship, assigning blame to one another, controlling behaviors, and self-esteem issues between one or both partners in the relationship.
These behaviors do not present themselves all at once, and take much time to develop, but once a couple begins engaging in these behaviors, it is a bad sign for where the relationship is headed.
- One behavior trait that leads to toxicity in a relationship is the tendency to be supercritical of each other.
- When a couple has few friends or interests outside of their union,this can indicate a merging that verges or crosses the line into unhealthy.
- Just as too much merging of identities can be unhealthy in a union,so can a lack of open communication, which can lead to feelings of isolation.
“Bad habits take hold over time, sometimes without the couple even realizing they’re doing harm to their relationship.”