By Heather, loveisrespect Advocate
Abusive behaviors can manifest in several ways such as name-calling, demanding passwords, controlling purchases or pressuring someone to have sex, and although these behaviors seem pretty obvious, sometimes there are other subtle ways in which partners can throw off the healthy balance of equality in a relationship. Like we’ve said before, love alone isn’t enough to make a relationship work.
One of the behaviors that can throw an otherwise healthy relationship into a tailspin is the infamous “on again/off again” relationship. While these relationships might not show a clear pattern of behaviors designed to take power and control from someone (which we would label as abusive), we know they can be unhealthy, toxic and painful to deal with.