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4 Brutal Reasons It's So Hard To Let Go Of Someone You Love, Even If They're Toxic

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4 Reasons Learning How To Let Go Of Someone You Love In Toxic Relationships Is So Hard
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You desperately want to leave, but what's stopping you?

Most of us have experienced an emotionally abusive relationship at some point in our lives. Sometimes, it is obvious to see that the relationship is toxic. Other times, toxic love sneaks up on us and, before we even realize it, we are already sucked in.

Toxic relationships are dangerous for many reasons. The most harmful effects are that they increase your stress, consume your energy, and destroy your self-esteem.

However, even after recognizing that you're in an unhealthy relationship, learning how to let go of someone you love can still be very difficult.

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Here are 4 reasons why learning how to let go of someone you love is so hard, even if they're a toxic person.

1. You're afraid you won't find anyone else.

It is perfectly normal to be afraid of what life will look like outside of the relationship. You may feel as though you will never find someone to love you or to spend your life with.

Oftentimes, toxic partners work to instill fear in you and make you feel as though you won't find anyone else. This is their way of manipulating you into staying in the relationship.

However, if you live your life based on fear, then you will never take chances. Growth can only happen when you choose to step outside of your comfort zone, even though sometimes the thought of stepping outside of your comfort zone can be paralyzing.

2. You believe you can help your partner change and become a better person.

Toxic relationships often breed codependency, which is the tendency to form unhealthy, one-sided, or abusive relationships. The co-dependent mindset can lead you to think that you can help the other person become more kind, caring, and compassionate. Therefore, leaving a toxic relationship does not even cross your mind because you believe they "need" you.

However, it is important to recognize that you should not have to change the person you choose to spend your life with.

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3. You think you can't survive without them.

When you have been dependent on someone for years or even decades, it can be hard to imagine yourself creating a life that does not include that person. You have likely lost sight of who you are, what you enjoy, and what is most important to you in life, which makes letting go of a toxic relationship even more difficult.

Your partner has led you to believe that this unhealthy environment is your "new normal" and that your life is going to be like this forever. This does not have to be the case. Although it may seem daunting at first, you are absolutely capable of learning to survive on your own and eventually learning to love yourself again.

4. You believe your partner loves you.

After being in a toxic relationship for a while, you can start to confuse chaos for love. The high "highs" and low "lows" of relationships can be addicting because many people thrive off of that chaos.

You may even look at the times in your relationship when there was no fighting, yelling, or threatening and feel as though these "calm" moments are boring because you are so used to always being on edge.

Chaos is not love. You should not be in a relationship where you have become used to it. Letting go of a toxic relationship can be difficult, but you deserve more and are worth more than you may believe.

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Janie Lacy is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and owner of Life Counseling Solutions, where they specialize in helping men and women to achieve happier, healthier relationships. To learn more or schedule an appointment, visit her website or stay up-to-date on the latest relationship tips by signing up for the LCS newsletter.

This article was originally published at lifecounselingsolutions.com. Reprinted with permission from the author.

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