Unfortunately, normalizing toxic behaviors in a relationship happens more often than it should. It may be easy for an outsider to realize the behaviors are toxic, but it’s easy to have blinders on while in the relationship. Reddit user u/Technical-Finding681 asked Redditors “What did you think was completely normal in the relationship until you discovered it was abusive behavior?”
- "Wanting to know exactly where I am 24/7 and with frequent (every couple of hours) check-ins."
- "Him constantly calling me a crybaby because I get emotional over things. Happy, sad, real, fake, TV/movie, doesn't matter. I get a teary-eyed and squeaky voice."
- "Blocking me whenever she was tired of me asking to hang out."
- "Being so open that your privacy is compromised."
- "Trying to make me jealous or upset because 'it’s cute when I’m jealous/annoyed/whatever.'"
- "Not being allowed to go out with my friends or even family because he would 'miss me too much.' Thought it was cute at first, but my friends made me realize how possessive and jealous he was being. Thank God for those friends who stuck around."