Are You In A Toxic Relationship? New Expert Study Says: Chances Are Yes! YourTango Offers "Love Life Reboot" as Relationship Detox

Dec 17, 2012, 06:00 ET from

NEW YORK, Dec. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- A survey of mental health professionals from—the digital leader in love and relationships—exposes the ugly truth about toxic relationships. 89% of experts agree that half or more of all people have toxic relationships in their lives.

How do you know if you are in such a relationship? The top three signs include "spending more time fighting than enjoying each other," "regularly feeling like you can't do anything right" and "feeling depressed and/or anxious."

71% of experts identify poor role models as the leading cause of toxic relationship habits, followed closely by low self-esteem with "fear of being truly open with someone else" clocking in third.

64% of experts agree the #1 way to overcome toxic relationship habits is replacing them with more positive behaviors and habits, followed by couples or individual therapy.

The good news: YourTango is here to help! From December 17 – 21, YourTango Experts will host Love Life Reboot, an initiative designed to provide relationships detox. Plus, over 1,100 YourTango Experts are available for consultation.

"With January being the biggest break-up month, we seek to help couples not only start the new year positively but transform those relationships where toxicity or a break up threaten," says, Andrea Miller, YourTango's CEO. "Love Life Reboot was created to offer tools that help readers achieve lasting relationship change."

Additional survey findings:

  • 66% of experts agree that "communication issues" is the most common toxic relationship habit, followed by"consistently blaming others for your problems" (50%) and "shutting down emotionally" (48%).
  • Top three ways to move on from a toxic relationship? 1) Allow yourself a proper grieving period 2) focus on self-improvement and 3) cut ties with the ex.
  • The #1 bad relationship habit most likely to keep someone single is "constantly looking for the next best relationship" followed by anger about a past relationship.

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