What is a Toxic Relationship?

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8 Types of Toxic Relationships & Their Signs With few exceptions, human beings want to be emotionally and physically close to each other. Life seems better shared. And yet no human endeavor seems more fraught with challenges and difficulties than our relationships with others. Relationships, like most things in life worth having, require effort. Toxic […]

Dealing With Passive-Aggressive Behavior

How to Handle Conflict More Constructively Conflict is a normal part of any relationship. Whenever two people are close to one another, there will eventually be some friction. This is an inescapable part of the human experience, but direct confrontation can be difficult, and some people prefer to avoid it. To learn more about the […]

Relationship Red Flags – 6 Toxic Behaviors to Watch Out For

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6 Toxic Behaviors to Watch Out For “Initially, Jake was sweet, polite, attentive, and fun to be around,” says Alissa. “We had dated close to two years when I noticed some changes in his behavior.” Jake began spending a lot less time with Alissa. His sweet personality turned more aggressive and secretive. Hanging out with friends […]

Drawing the Line

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Learn About the Signs & Effects of Emotional Abuse Abuse can be easier to identify when it leaves bruises or black eyes. But what about the type of pain that makes its mark below the skin’s surface? Emotional abuse can cut deep as it tears down self-esteem and contributes to depression. Recognizing the signs and […]

The Taming of the Toxic

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Handling Toxic Family Members The manipulative aunt, the overbearing father, the passive-aggressive sibling – toxic family members can appear in many different forms, wreaking havoc on your mental and emotional health. What’s worse, these relatives are often oblivious to their own destructive behaviors, sometimes even viewing their actions as helpful. Here, local marriage and family/sex […]

What is Emotional Abuse?

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Typically, when we think of an abusive relationship we think of physical violence. Yet, abuse comes in many forms and one of the most harmful is emotional abuse. Emotional abuse is when someone inflicts harm to another person’s emotional and psychological well-being. “It boils down to patterns of power and control,” says Ani Hernandez Johnson, […]

Breaking The Silence

How You Can Combat Sexual Assault Today Reducing and preventing sexual violence begins with five simple actions anyone can take. Sexual violence is not something that only happens to people in third-world countries or living in abject poverty. It happens every day in everyday areas to people of every age and socioeconomic level. Sexual violence is […]

Breaking the Cycle

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How to Help Break the Cycle of Domestic Abuse As men and women walk through grocery stores and pass one another on the street, it’s easy to overlook the fact that many are carrying heavy burdens with them. In the United States alone, 1 in every 4 women and 1 in every 9 men are […]

Dating Violence

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The National Center for Victims of Crime defines dating violence as “controlling, abusive and aggressive behavior in a romantic relationship.” It can include verbal, emotional, physical, or sexual abuse, or a combination of any. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that in the U.S., approximately 24 people each minute are victims of rape, physical […]

Time to Walk Away?

5 Signs of a Toxic Relationship A toxic relationship, marked by abuse (physical or mental), extreme guilt, or unequal relationship control, can be present in any partnership. Serious physical and emotional damage can be caused by these harmful relationships, so it’s important to confront the toxic person. If they are unwilling to change their behaviors, […]

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