Warning Signs

Having a significant other is a wonderful feeling and provides many physical and emotional benefits. However, remaining in an unhealthy relationship is actually damaging to one's health and spirit. Below are four common characteristics of unhealthy relationships and how to spot them.

Couple Fighting

Harmful Behavior

The most obvious sign of an unhealthy relationship is harmful behavior on either side. Whether it's constant fighting, criticism, or abuse, no guy is worth sacrificing your sanity or safety for and there's little you can do about changing him if he's prone to a violent temper.

Compatibility Problems

Although opposites may attract, people who share similar values tend to fare better when it comes to lasting relationships. If you never seem to be able to come to an agreement about any of the big issues (money, sex, whether or not to get married and have kids) or are constantly having the same arguments over and over again, it may be a sign that the relationship is unbalanced.


Especially at the beginning of a relationship, it's normal to want to spend every waking moment with your new love. However, as the relationship progresses there should be an inevitable cooling off period where you both reemerge from your couple cocoon and get back to your regular schedules. If this never happens, however, or if one person is always demanding the other person's undivided attention, it does not bode well for a healthy relationship. 


Many toxic relationships revolve around jealousy and in this digital age, it is all too easy to snoop on your partner. For example, if you have made a habit of compulsively scrolling through his email and text messages, consider it a waving red flag that something is amiss, for a high-degree of trust and a healthy relationship go hand in hand.

Other articles in dating:

Make a clean break from a bad relationship
How to anticipate being dumped


Comments on "Unhealthy relationship characteristics"

Cheryl Fleming January 08, 2014 | 5:13 AM

i am definitely in a relationship that is dangerous and I can't get the hell out of it!!!!!!!!!!

collprin June 01, 2013 | 6:19 PM

i thought it was normal and healthy to spend all your time with your lover. like if you only have 4 friends. they should know that you have a lover now, and it's ok if they spend all their time with them, and not one of those 4. you need to be happy for them. that is just how it works.

Mary February 03, 2009 | 9:04 AM

ur guykeeps too much girlfriend.wat do u do?

HethV November 17, 2008 | 8:55 AM

so if you happen to have these things going on in a relationship..is it meant to be doomed forever, or are there ways to make things better and work out?

Felisa November 13, 2008 | 5:18 PM

This is a nice article. i like reading this and sharing it with my friends.

paulhans October 24, 2008 | 4:42 AM

How is every one in the house i love you aqll

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