Toxic Relationship: Top 6 Toxic Signs & Dating Practices Considered “Normal” in a Serious Relationship & Casual Relationship

Toxic Relationship: Top 6 Toxic Signs & Dating Practices Considered “Normal” in a Serious Relationship & Casual Relationship

Ever since we were young, we’re so used to seeing certain depictions of what is considered “normal” from movies, TV series, magazines, and hearing accounts from our friends and family.

Are these depictions accurate for the makings of a healthy relationship though?

More often than not, we are committing acts which are deemed the right way to do things, that no one really thinks about it – but these acts are in reality toxic for a healthy relationship.

Let us find out what they are.

 

Toxic Relationship

In this article, we share the Top 6 Signs of a Toxic Relationship.

 

1. Forcing Dates – (Top #1 Sign of a Toxic Relationship)

When you’re dating someone and have all these feelings bubbling over in excitement, it’s common to want to spend as much time with that person as possible.

However, things are getting way too heated and serious when you have them booked up every three days for the next six months, and you have to meet up regardless of the lack of activity or a busy schedule.

That is simply suffocating the other person. Dating will then feel like a chore – it’ll be like going for a regular dental check or a car servicing or something – nothing fun about that.

The idea of a Fun Date would be to pick up on something your partner enjoys, then looking for activities which revolve around it.

Following that, finding a date and time convenient for the activity to take place is paramount.

When you finally do meet up, it’ll be an enjoyable, relaxing date which will be more memorable than a scheduled one with both of you tired from rushing there or bored out of your minds.

Dating is not about the act itself, it’s more about the planning and thought which goes into it before the actual event.

 

2. Fixating on your “ideal type” – (Clear #2 Sign of a Toxic Relationship)

We all have an idea of what the perfect partner would be like in our heads, and it’s normal to expect them to change to make us happy. Right?

No. Surprisingly enough, there is nothing wrong at all with that outlook in most people’s minds.

However, we need to realize and accept that healthy relationships don’t work that way.

The real problem arises when you want to force your partner into fitting the mold of your “ideal partner”, and making them act or change themselves in ways which will make you “happy”.

Remember that this ideal being exists only in your head. You like the idea of this person, but you don’t know how much you’ll like them in reality.

It is actually really common for people to force their partners to conform to their ideals, and when the partner does so, they finally realize that their “ideal type” is not what they like after all.

Why would you force someone to do something for your sake when you aren’t sure that that’s what you really want out of this relationship?

Everyone is different and will interact differently in a relationship. Let your partner be themselves and see how it goes.

 

3. Trying to appear perfect – (Obvious #3 Manifestation of a Toxic Relationship)

When we’re dating someone we really like, we often suppress parts of ourselves which we deem unattractive.

However, this person that we’re showing our partners are not an accurate representation of our real selves.

Being with someone is all about finding out about each other and getting to know each other better.

If you’re putting on a facade, you’re not being fair to your partner at all.

Things will go well in the initial stages of your relationship where you can keep up with this fake persona you created.

However, as the relationship progresses, you will start cracking at the seams and soon the dam will burst and your partner will be bombarded with a barrage of information they never knew about you.

The relationship will take a sour turn because of the feelings of betrayal your partner feels due to the toxicity of the lies you created.

 

4. Being polite a sign of dignity, not subservience

When the person you’re dating does something nice for you or compliments you, thank them. It’s as simple as that.

Some people who are less social will find it really hard to say “thank you” because they feel embarrassed for some reason or other.

Worse, some neglect saying it because they feel like they’re entitled to be treated nicely.

Being polite does not mean that you have a lower standing in the relationship – it just means you care enough about the other person that you want to let them know you appreciate what they’ve done for you.

When two entitled people get together, it is when things go downhill and the relationship goes awry because they’ve both come to accept certain things, and are no longer thankful for most things.

They come to expect more and more out of each other while giving less in return.

A couple who only want to know what they can get out of each other rather than asking what they can provide for their partner is the perfect start to a toxic relationship.

 

5. Don’t harp on the ex

When you’ve dated someone for quite some time, the topic of exes is bound to crop up some day.

You might have been lucky and managed to tactfully avoid the situation during the initial phases of dating, but you can’t avoid it forever.

When the topic does come up, it’s best to mention some brief details about your past relationship and some lessons learnt.

Don’t go into extreme detail about what your exes looked like, what they loved, what they hated, what you miss about them, their favorite position in bed, whatever. Spare your new girl/boyfriend the graphic details.

Worse, don’t ever compare your exes with your current partner.

When your partner does something you don’t like, just tell them nicely without saying something like “Why do you do that? My ex never did that.”

It’s the worst thing you can do.

 

6. Dominating the conversation

It’s fine to lead conversations particularly if your partner is more on the quiet side.

However, you must give them an opening to talk, especially if they’re shy.

You shouldn’t ramble on about yourself, only talking about things you’re interested in.

Worse, you should not fill up the conversation by talking about yourself, going on and on about your redeeming qualities and how lucky they are to have you.

You can talk about yourself and the things you like, but you must also know where to stop.

When two people date each other, they should be finding out things about each other to get to know each other better.

The conversation should be divided more or less equally between the two of you, so that each has a chance to express their opinions or tell the other person about anything in general.

 

Concluding Insights on Toxic Relationship

Often the person in the relationship presenting the toxicity does not realize what they’re doing, because they feel it’s “normal”.

They partly feel this way because of how relationships are portrayed in the media and in people around them.

However, if you find that you have only ever had failed relationships or are trying to prevent such a situation from occurring in the future, this list will be a useful reference to make a difference in your dating future.

Don’t be that toxic person!

 


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