There is no perfect relationship on the planet. Each one is saddled with its ups and downs and some level of toxicity which couples work in unison to balance. However, if your relationship is openly toxic with one partner spiraling out of control, you need to pay attention to the red flags and get out while you can.
A healthy relationship is not competitive, neither does it seek to prove who’s dominant; rather, it is a partnership where each person owns up to their mistakes and works hard to make it work. If one person is not open to communicating about issues or receiving feedback, and it feels like you’re constantly walking on eggshells around them, drained of all your energy because of drama that’s sucking the very life out of you … then you are in a toxic relationship.
Some people are difficult, overly critical and judgmental about everything that concerns their relationship… and just a nightmare to be with. They intentionally or unintentionally shut you down when important issues arise, and have a shitty way of relating and dealing with people. Toxic people tend to be narcissistic, self-absorbed and only concerned about their own needs and feelings. They don’t care that they’re hurting other people, and are skilled at ruining the happiness of those closest to them. These people are extremely negative and make life unbearable for their partners.