An online version of a psychology journal has a guide to dealing with harmful relationships. The author, a psychologist, details such steps. The person should admit that the relationship is harmful, and needs to be ended. She should not isolate herself from family and friends, and should try to realize she can do better. She should avoid communicating with her ex-partner, who can be manipulative. She should join other networks and read self-help books. A brief description of the author is included.
- It’s normal, if you’re in a toxic relationship, to vacillate between moments of heartbroken realization and moments of deluding yourself as to how bad the situation really is.
- While it is important to accept a romantic partner for who they are, warts and all, there are some lines that must not be crossed.
- It is never okay for a partner to humiliate, emotionally, or physically abuse you, or exploit you.
“If you keep contact going, then you enable this individual to continue to work to draw you back toward them. The only realistic way out is to stop all contact so that you can start anew.”