Signs That You’re in a Toxic Relationship | Scoop Sorority

The concept behind a “toxic relationship” can be complicated; many couples get involved in these types of relationships without even knowing it. 

A toxic relationship is best described as a relationship in which partners are emotionally, mentally, or physically destructive to each other. It could be one-sided or both parties, and it’s often due to personal insecurities.

Perhaps you’ve gotten into an argument with your significant other that turned hostile or you’re giving each other the 24-hour silent treatment. No matter the circumstance, you may be in an unhealthy relationship.

If you notice these following signs, you’ll know you’re in a toxic relationship. 

Excessive Arguments

A few healthy arguments in an ideal relationship can strengthen it; it’s absolutely not realistic for a couple to be picture-perfect without arguments. However, there are limits.

If you are arguing with a toxic partner over the smallest things, like leaving your toothbrush in the sink or talking to another person, maybe it’s time to reconsider your relationship.

Avoiding Arguments

If you’re avoiding an argument, it’s just as toxic. As we mentioned earlier, relationships aren’t picture-perfect and it’s normal to disagree. 

You’ve probably reached a point in your relationship where the constant fighting and bickering is exhausting. By avoiding an argument, you believe that it’ll make the both of you happy and at peace.

You choose to please your partner by saying things to keep them from getting angry. If they do something to bother you, you keep it to yourself instead of talking about it. In other words, you’re walking on eggshells.

Lack of Honesty or Trust

Even while you’re “walking on eggshells” to make the relationship work, you might find yourself making up fibs to avoid a fight or spending time with them. Dishonesty is a key sign to a toxic relationship. 

From small lies to big secrets, dishonesty can be the make-or-break to your relationship; it’s important to be honest with your partner no matter the consequence. A relationship should be based on trust and without it can cause complications.

Dishonesty can also come from your partner, too. If you’re suspicious of their whereabouts or behaviors, notice the signs.

Insults and Yelling

In a healthy relationship, you should feel safe, respected, and cherished by your partner. If your partner yells and says things to you to inflict harm, pain, or embarrassment, that’s a red flag. 

Calling your partner names out of spite and anger defeats the purpose of the relationship. It’s a cut-clear sign that it’s toxic if things are said to degrade and disrespect the other. 


In toxic relationships, you or your partner find yourselves obsessing over each other, centering your lives around them instead of focusing on your own well-being. 

If you worry about your partner every day, become clingy and needy, or desire their undivided attention at every hour, you’re in a toxic relationship. In this case, you’re not focusing on loving them, you’re focusing on the possibility of losing them. 

It’s important not to sacrifice your own life and goals to cater to your partner. You have your own priorities!

Manipulative Behaviors

The ultimate sign of toxic relationships is manipulation. If you feel like a puppet on a string, and your partner is controlling what you do, how you do it, and when you do it, it’s manipulative.

In the ideal relationship, you should be able to stand for your own decisions or come to a common ground and make decisions together.

This also isn’t the only form of manipulation. Say you choose to break up with your partner due to any of these signs, and they find a way to win you back. If they send you constant apologies, text messages, or even roses at your job. it’s nothing but psychological warfare.

The instant response for everyone in an unhealthy relationship is to get out of it while you can; break up with them. 

It’s important for you to be safe, healthy, and happy without a toxic relationship weighing you down.

What are some other behaviors that you think people should look out for in a relationship? Drop a comment below and let us know!

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