Are You In A Toxic Relationship? Study Says You Probably Are


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YourTango presents "Love Life Reboot."

"With January being the biggest breakup month, we seek to help couples not only start the new year positively but transform those relationships where toxicity or a break up threaten," says, Andrea Miller, YourTango's CEO. "Love Life Reboot was created to offer tools that help readers achieve lasting relationship change."

Additional survey findings:

  • 66% of experts polled agree that "communication issues" is the most common toxic relationship habit, followed by "consistently blaming others for your problems" (50%) and "shutting down emotionally" (48%). Other toxic relationship habits deemed common by surveyed experts include: being stuck in the past, lack of trust and yelling.
  • The top three ways to move on from a toxic relationship? 1) Allow yourself a proper grieving period, 2) focus on self-improvement and 3) cut ties with the ex. Dating coach and YourTango Expert David "Spike" Osterczy adds that "toxic relationships should be ended quickly. However, each person should look in the mirror and ask, 'What did I add to that relationship?'"
  • The relationship habit most likely to keep someone single is "constantly looking for the next best relationship" followed by anger about a past relationship.

Research methodology: Conducted on, we polled 119 mental health professionals between December 3 and December 8, 2012.

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