We welcome back Steve Barcia on the show as he discusses toxic relationships with Jake. They give insightful advice and tips if you think you are in a toxic relationship or if you think you were in one. Their discussion will give you a better insight on having a healthier relationship with others, your partner and yourself.
A toxic relationship is any relationship that is unfavorable to you or others. The foundations of any relationship, healthy or not, are most commonly established upon mutual admiration and respect, but can, in time, become remarkably unhealthy. It is the poisonous atmosphere that distinguishes a merely bad or troublesome relationship from a toxic relationship. Toxic relationships can prevent those involved from living a productive and healthy life.
No one intentionally enters into a bad relationship, and every couple hits a rough patch from time to time. But there’s a difference between coping with some temporary glitches and being stuck in a relationship that’s turned toxic. Yet some people linger long after the warning signs arise.
Relationships for all, are of course trial and error from the get go. And if you’re like most people, it’s been mostly error.
But part of the problem is that many unhealthy relationship habits are baked into our culture. As a society we worship romantic love, you know, that kind of irrational romantic love that somehow finds breaking china plates on the wall in a fit of tears somewhat endearing and scoff at practicality or unconventional sexualities.
Men and women are raised to objectify each other and to objectify their relationships. Thus, our partners are often seen as assets rather than someone to share mutual emotional support.
People who are toxic are rarely aware of their own toxicity. They are too self-absorbed and preoccupied with their own emotions, interests, needs, and goals to be aware of the needs, goals, interests, and emotions of others.
If you are experiencing a toxic relationship, but feel a need to maintain the connection, you should consider seeking a professional for therapy.
Any healthy relationship involves work, discipline, motivation, purpose, intent, and desire. If a relationship has experienced health in the past, it is possible to return it to a healthy, happy, and prosperous climate. Notably, if a relationship has never experienced a healthy atmosphere, it may not be possible to achieve such a climate. Nevertheless, you should act as an investigator, deciding whether the relationship has the potential to reach a healthy climate.
The probability of achieving a healthy level, and the possibility of everyone on board participating in and working toward a healthy atmosphere. It is important to recognize that all therapy will take time, patience, understanding, compassion, empathy, and care.
If you expect to return a dysfunctional relationship to health through an expedited approach, the likelihood of achieving your objective is slim.
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