Toxic Relationship With Parent

Toxic relationships are one that makes us feel invalid, misapprehended, belittled, or assaulted.  In a better way, we can say that any relationship that makes us feel substandard rather than fine can become toxic.

A relationship becomes toxic when our well-being is intimidated in some way be it emotionally, psychologically, and even physically. 

Toxic Parenting is not a clearly defined idea or does not even exist in medical terminology. It can be seen in parents who frequently behave in ways that cause regret, terror, or constraint in their children. Their actions aren’t confined incidents, but patterns of behaviors that adversely shape their children’s existence. Toxic parents think more about themselves rather than what they are implementing is damaging or rather hurtful. They apparently will not be apologetic or even acknowledge that what they are doing is invalid. And the exploitation or mistreatment tends to be continuing and escalating. 

Following are a few characteristics of Toxic parents:

Self-centered behaviors:- Some parents may be emotionally detached, self-absorbed, or perhaps aloof themselves when it comes to things that their children might need.

Physical and verbal abuse:- Mistreatment can not always be beating, screaming, or blackmailing. People sometimes experience more indirect abuse like name-calling, blame-shifting, giving the cold shoulder, or manipulating.

Controlling behaviors:- They breach their children’s privacy or do not allow them to make their own choices. And sometimes they’re exceedingly disapproving and be in charge of their choices, even when their children are adults.

Manipulative behaviors:- Some parents may try to manage their children by using indiscretion or embarrassment to play with their feelings. 

Lack of boundaries:- Some parents pressurize their children to make things their way. As the children are annoyed by their strategies, they simply give in to the plans or circumstances out of fatigue or anger. 

Tips to deal with toxic parents :

Be genuine with the limits you determine and don’t forsake them up for perception. 

Make sure that your conveying about boundaries is uncomplicated and congruous. 

Take frequent care of yourself. 

Make a record of things or behavior you want to change.

Write down after each of your parent’s conduct on how you want to experience or perceive. 

Rank the listings, and then pick a behavior, to begin with.

Rehearse your applicable actions instead of the ones you wish to swap.

You don’t have to go onboard on trail of mending yourselves alone. Take help from a mental health professional who can help you give suggestions and heal.

Importance of Professional Counseling: A friend or family member may listen to you, but they aren’t professionally, technically qualified or experienced to offer you professional advice. If you wish you can contact us at MindTribe to receive help from our team of expert psychologists.


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About the Author.

Mishika Thakur is a psychologist at

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