Toxic relationships are extremely common. In fact, a recent article in Self Magazine found that 8 in 10 adults report tolerating a toxic friendship or relationship. Toxic relationships can decrease happiness and ultimately can lead to loss of confidence or self-esteem. Therapy can provide tools to help you identify unhealthy or toxic relationships and establish healthier boundaries.
Therapist and co-owner of Midtown Family Therapy, Alycia Williams, MS, LPC describes some common types of toxic people:
- The Critic – discounts or criticizes you and your accomplishments
- The Downer – always complains, drains your energy with negativity
- The Flake – unreliable, breaks promises and lets you down
- The Angry Guy/Gal – blows up, overreacts, blames you for problems
- The Accuser – paranoid, suspicious, jealous, tries to control you with accusations
Alycia Williams, MS, LPC
Midtown Family Therapy
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