Toxic relationships are not based on love and respect.
They often sound like this:
We tell ourselves that it’s tough being the victim.
We are in a long term relationship where we are always made to feel wrong. We make emotional sacrifices for our partner we know we shouldn't do but, we can't help ourselves. Or, we experience the pain of another long term relationship ending, when we lose all hope for the future we had imagined together, we’re bawling our eyes out again...trying to understand what happened.