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#HighlySensitivePeople: Do You Tolerate Toxic Relationships?

As a highly sensitive person, do you tolerate toxic relationships? I used to, but at a young age, I’ve learned not to. Tolerating a toxic relationship that doesn’t serve you isn’t good for your physical and emotional health.

I’d like to give you some personal examples of how I stopped some toxic relationships in my life. They are as follows:

  • I was married for two years when I was twenty three years old. It turned out that I was too young to make a choice for a life partner. The relationship wasn’t a good one. I decided to get a divorce after trying to make the relationship work. I came to the realization that the situation would never work. I went for counseling and I felt better about my decision. I was able to move on with my life. A few years later, I got married again. This time it worked out much better. I learned from my mistakes and made a better choice. I’m pleased to say that my wife and I have been married for forty two years. Forty three years at the end of this month!
  • I told my daughter at a young age that she was a person of value. She didn’t deserve to take anybody’s nonsense in a relationship or be treated in a disrespectful manner. She took my advice to heart. She never takes anybody’s nonsense and always stands up for herself. She’s highly respected by everyone she comes in contact with.
  • When my wife and I moved a 1,000 miles away to be closer to our daughter, I never told some immediate family members and some lifelong “friends” that I was going to move. I did this because these relationships were draining and brought out the worst in myself.

It’s difficult to cut loose from toxic relationships, but it’s much better to have short time pain than to have a lifetime of misery and disrespect for yourself and from others. It’s very important to establish yourself at the beginning of a relationship. Timing is extremely important in letting go of a toxic relationship. You might not be able to do this right away, but there’s no reason why you can’t plan your exit strategy. You don’t have to go through this alone. Seek help to make this easier.

Are there relationships in your life that are bringing you down? If so, what can you do about it? I’m interested in any thoughts or comments that you have.

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