The Hidden Health Hazards of #Toxic #Relationships #PsychologyToday #SherrieBourg

Being around a toxic friend, partner, or co-worker can do real damage.

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The Hidden Health Hazards of Toxic Relationships | Psychology Today.

Our society is more health conscious than ever before. We are paying increased attention to nutritionlabels, fitness opportunities, organic alternatives, toxin-free environments, and more.

And yet even many health-conscious people don’t realize that the quality of their relationships can be just as toxic to their health as fast food or a toxic environment. In fact, unhealthy relationships can turn into exactly that—a toxic internal environment that can lead to stressdepression, anxiety, and even medical problems.

In a long-term study that followed more than 10,000 subjects for an average of 12.2 years, researchers discovered that subjects in negative relationships were at a greater risk for developing heart problems, including a fatal cardiac event, than counterparts whose close relationships were not negative.

Toxic relationships can take many forms—toxic partners, toxic friendships,toxic parent/child relationships, or toxic coworkers, to name just a few. No relationship, of course, is blissful and conflict-free all the time. How do you know if you’re in a toxic relationship? Your answers to these questions can help you figure it out: ……………click to continue to original article.


2 thoughts on “The Hidden Health Hazards of #Toxic #Relationships #PsychologyToday #SherrieBourg

  1. Ellie

    This is so true! I have counseled a few patients who refuse to give up their toxic relationships because of many of these points. And some feel that any attention is better than being forgotten or they tell themselves that they have nowhere else to go. It’s so challenging to see them emerge as confident beings again. Thank you for this, blessings,


    1. Sharon Halliday Hattingh Post author

      I know the feeling. When I started out in practice I got quite upset when people wouldn’t LISTEN ‘for their own good’, but one quickly learns that patience eventually pays off (not always, though, but one has to live with that…sometimes people CANNOT or do not WANT to be helped at all). All that we can do is support and give advice. I must admit that, just sometimes, I feel like shaking them into SEEING the reality of their situation!
      I don’t know WHAT I’ll do if I didn’t have guidance from Above….if things just seem to drag on without any resolution, I just ‘let go and let God’.
      Keep well and thank you for your reply.
      God bless!



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