No relationship is perfect, but if you find yourself looking for signs your marriage is toxic, that may be a cue to listen to your intuition. Of course that's easier said than done. The Huffington Post reported that getting stuck in a toxic marriage is an all too common phenomenon. But what is a toxic marriage anyway?
Psychotherapist Dr. Barton Goldsmith told Psychology Today that a toxic relationship is something that takes a while to rear its ugly head. People who exhibit toxic behavior like constant putdowns, sarcasm, dishonesty, and name-calling might hide this type of stuff at first. Over time you notice they never follow through on what they say they will do, are always trying to "keep you in your place," and can be overtly mean and abusive. Goldsmith said it can be alienating to realize that someone you once loved has turned into a person you can't stand. This person drags you down, noted the aforementioned in The Huffington Post.
This person also could be you. What if your spouse has brought out toxic behavior in you? Psychologist and author Dr. Steven Stosny told Psychology Today in another article that certain people can trigger stressful emotional reactiveness in you based on the fight or flight paradigm. This is not the type of person you want to be married to. In other words, if you're married to someone who brings out the worst in you, then there's definitely some toxicity in the house. The following are other signs that might signal you're in a toxic marriage.