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14 Toxic Habits That Are Hurting Your Relationships

Akash Panda is a blogger, entrepreneur, and writer. He is also a professional content writer who writes content for social media sites.

Relationships are difficult to navigate. You'll need to put in the emotional effort, whether you desire stronger romantic, family, or platonic ties, and it's tough to work. But, now and again, our less-than-ideal habits get the best of us, and we all exhibit some poisonous tendencies. No one wants to hurt the people they care about, but it doesn't mean the following practices aren't harming your relationships.


1. Other People's Feelings Are Being Minimized Or Invalidated

We usually confide in individuals we love and trust when anything awful happens. And, without a doubt, others come to us when they are distressed. The issue is that you may be unconsciously dismissing or rejecting other people's sentiments. Saying "that's not a big problem" is significant since it implies that you believe they are overreacting. It might make someone feel worse if you make them doubt themselves by rejecting their emotions. Even if you feel unwanted or undeserving. That doesn't mean you have to agree with them, but it does mean you should try to understand their perspective.

2. Boundaries Aren't Being Respected

Respected limits are a sign of a healthy partnership. Boundaries can be physical or emotional, and they can cover subjects such as how you spend your time together, what you're comfortable doing or not doing, and even what you talk about. Respect shows that you care when you express it in this way. You're disregarding someone's limits if you find yourself overstepping. If pushing someone's boundaries is second nature to you, you might want to reconsider how you see other people's time and space. Your sense of entitlement may be causing dissatisfaction, distance, and harm in your relationships.

3. The Constant Need to Be Correct

You probably make people feel unheard if your urge to always be correct shuts off talks. They may begin to perceive you as arrogant, unpleasant, or impolite. This is true for new acquaintances as well as longtime friends or family members. Admitting that you were wrong or made a mistake is necessary for personal growth, and it demonstrates respect and understanding for other people's viewpoints.

4. Others' Insults

No matter how furious or unhappy you are, purposefully hurting someone is never acceptable. We all know that blatant insults are poisonous and hurtful, but it's also vital to note that backhanded compliments and jokes may be just as damaging. If you make comments like "I adore how you don't care how you come across," you're used to instilling self-doubt in others. Making others feel horrible about themselves on purpose is poisonous, and it will destroy your relationships.

5. Providing Uninvited Advice

Even if you have the best of intentions, giving unsolicited counsel might come out as condescending. As a rule, assume that people don't want your advice unless they specifically request it. Putting in your two cents on your terms rather than theirs can irritate people and drive them away. And, no matter how well-intentioned your advice is, it may jeopardize an otherwise healthy relationship.


6. Lying

Mutual trust is essential for a relationship to survive, and lying shatters this tie like nothing else. In challenging situations, being honest might necessitate difficult and awkward talks, but when you consider the destruction and misery that lying can bring, it's evident that being honest is the superior alternative. You must be honest with others and with yourself when it comes to relationships. Any following agony will be delayed and amplified if you deny the reality.

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7. Taking Action As A Result Of Your Envy

Envy is a common human emotion that is completely harmless on its own. When we behave out of jealousy, we have a problem. It's fine to lust for what someone else has, but it's not good to treat others badly, dismiss their achievements, or make derogatory remarks about them simply because they have something you don't. You damage your connections when you treat people in this manner. When you rejoice with them, on the other hand, you strengthen your bonds. Give credit where credit is due and think about what you can learn from the individuals you admire.

8. Emotional Blackmail

The guilt trip is something we've all experienced. Using guilt as a tool to get what you want is, however, manipulative and toxic. Even if it works, you lose since your relationship suffers as a result. When you use emotional blackmail to manipulate people, they will resent you and refuse to help you or even spend time with you.

9. Criticism is constant.

While constructive criticism has no inherent flaws, your desire to assist others may be making those you care about feel horrible. When you criticize someone frequently, they begin to doubt themselves and are less inclined to improve. If you want to help your relationships, keep your criticisms to yourself so you don't make people feel like they're always doing something wrong.

10. Needing to be in command at all times

Nobody likes someone who feels forced to be the boss of everyone else or who insists on making all the choices. Your family members have their wishes and beliefs, and they don't always want you to be in charge. Allow others to drive at times, whether it's deciding where to dine, planning the next get-together, or deciding how to do things. You demonstrate respect and confidence in other people's talents and ideas when you let go of your continual urge to be in charge.

11. Being non-supportive

Toxic behaviors are sometimes caused by what we do, and other times by what we fail to do. They will cease coming to you for assistance if you are not there for them when they need you. You may soon discover that they do not expect you to be there for them at all. And it can be a problem. Giving support entails not just being present during times of crisis, but also caring for people in their everyday problems. You must be present emotionally and physically to develop great relationships full of fondness and mutual support.


12. Being Judgmental

Everyone desires to be accepted, particularly by those they admire, respect, and love. However, instead of acceptance, you may be expressing disgust. People will begin to remove themselves from you if you begin to judge others based on their looks, actions, relationships, financial status, or anything else. Even if you're well-intentioned, it's generally better to keep your critical remarks to yourself. Your words will only come out as disparaging unless you fear someone's life is in urgent danger.

13. Taking Things Too Seriously

Of course, there will always be narcissists who prey on our fears. However, we tend to take things personally when they aren't. As a result, it's critical to understand the distinction. You can't instantly think it's your fault when someone is furious, frustrated, or upset. If you don't, you'll start to believe in destructive negative thoughts about yourself. It is the obligation of the person who is angry about anything you've said or done to tell you about it. Only then should you examine the possibility that you've made a mistake.

14. Constant Negativity

Positive thinking is said to be contagious. Negativity, on the other hand, is harmful! Your pessimism will pull you down, and it will also draw others down with you. People will not want to spend much time with you if you continuously perceive the world from a negative perspective and share those beliefs with others. Do you have any of these unhealthy habits? If you do, it doesn't necessarily imply you're a full-fledged toxic person, but it does indicate that you have the opportunity for improvement. You're still capable of having good relationships, but you should concentrate on the areas that need improvement. It will be beneficial to you and others you care about. Give it a thumbs up and share it with your friends if you find it useful, so we can keep generating them.

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