4 thoughts on “11 Signs of a Toxic Relationship

  • April 15, 2019 at 5:37 am

    Helpful to read one of these ‘X signs you are in toxic relationship’ pieces in which the survivor of abuse is a man. It nudges the debate a little further in our understanding of coercive control as a genderless phenomenon.

  • April 16, 2019 at 9:55 am

    I only wish that I had been exposed to this tears (Freudian slip!) – years ago.
    Struggling with life-long depression, I thought (was made to think) that I was bringing all this abuse from my dearly-loved, intelligent, articulate son, on myself. “I caused it – I deserved it.”

    I had never intended to cause it and tried valiantly to avoid painful, unexpected blow-ups. Anger (others’) since childhood, has always
    shut me down.

    My only son’s emotionally abusive behaviour has been perpetrated since I became widowed and moved closer to my beloved granddaughters, his girls. I have scrupulously examined my own behaviour, trying to learn what I am doing wrong –
    maybe nothing, except allowing the abuse, which has now been more clearly defined.
    Other people seem to recognize, appreciate and welcome me.

    The well-being of family has always been paramount to me.
    Thank you so much for helping me have increased understanding of
    the current, on-going dynamics. It enables me to begin my necessary, partial withdrawal.


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