Even though most of us think we’d easily be able to recognize the signs and leave a relationship that’s turned toxic, recent surveys actually report the opposite. Why? Because well, in the words of American author Bryant McGill, “Escaping a toxic relationship can feel like breaking off a piece of your heart. Leaving is never easy, but sometimes it is necessary to save yourself and others from dying inside.”
But knowing how to tell when things are starting to take a turn for the worse can save you a lot of heartache down the road, and may even help you save your relationship before it’s too late.
We also made a video on the EARLY signs a relationship is toxic: https://youtu.be/2zAX_co-hNI
Also check out 5 Levels of a Relationship – Which One are you? https://youtu.be/VwYIk-faf0E
Writer: Chloe Avenasa
Script Editor: Rida Batool
Script Manager: Kelly Soong
VO: Amanda Silvera
Animator: Hannah Roldan
YouTube Manager: Cindy Cheong
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