While healthy relationships can bring joy and fulfillment in a person’s life, unhealthy relationships can cause stress, discomfort, and pain. In some cases, an unhealthy relationship can become a serious threat to a person’s life and well-being.
On the other hand, an unhealthy relationship is a connection with others that does not have the attributes of a healthy relationship. Such relationships are characterized by a lack of understanding, respect, support and love or a tendency to use that relationship for selfish purposes. Unhealthy relationships can be detrimental to one’s life and disposition.
Unfortunately, some people remain trapped in an unhealthy relationship eitherbecause they don’t realize or accept that the relationship is unhealthy or they don’t have the emotional strength and courage to get out of the relationship.
The worst part of being in an unhealthy relationship is that often, everyone else can see the signs and negative effects on the individual before he does.
so what are the warning signs that a relationship has turned unhealthy? What are the things one should look out for?
Although some of the characteristics listed below can at times be present in all relationships, they can happen in unhealthy relationships more often. They cause stress, pressure, and tension that can affect other areas of a person’s life.
Signs of an Unhealthy Relationship are as follows:
- Undue Control. One partner makes all the decisions and insists on always doing things his way. The other person is always told what to do, what to wear, which friends to see, etc.
- Dishonesty and secrecy. One partner lies or keeps information from the other. In some cases, one person is made to cover up lies to protect the partner’s reputation.
- Violence and Physical Abuse. One partner uses force, becomes destructive or physically hurts the other person to get his way. Hitting, slapping, grabbing, and shoving are all signs of a violent and abusive personality.
- Disrespect. One partner belittles the other person both in private and in the presence of others or makes fun of his opinion and interest.
- Over-Dependence. One partner feels he cannot survive without the other and threatens to do something like hurt himself or the other person if the relationship ends.
People who find themselves in an unhealthy relationship, whether it is an acquaintance, a friend, a family member or a romantic partner, should get out of the relationship immediately.
If a family member such as a parent is involved, one can seek the advice of the other members of the family, or trusted adult.