There are few things worse than finding ourselves trapped in toxic relationships. And few things more strange than having to ask ourselves “why are we still here?”

Sometimes the answer is bleakly obvious and utilitarian. If I leave, they might come after me. They might hurt me. They might hurt my kids. They might ruin my life out of spite. This is less a matter of a rotten entanglement and more a hostage situation masquerading as love. But sometimes, it’s not as straightforward as that.

Here ten people share their thoughts about how and why they find themselves attached to the relationships that have nothing good for them in store.

10. Breathe free

You don’t know what you’ve got ’till it’s gone, but sometimes that’s a positive expression.

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9. Navigate the maze

It’s hard to tell sometimes if the walls are real or imagined.

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8. Emotional abuse

“…or regret leaving him for the rest of my life.”

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7. Living in denial

When we want something to be true badly enough, we’ll just believe it is.
Same goes for something we don’t want to accept.

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6. Terrible for each other

Sometimes it’s like ripping off a bandaid; it’s gonna hurt but you’ll be glad to be rid of it.

Source: Whisper

5. Talking

Maybe you just don’t know what to do with the pressure now?

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4. The point of being done

“I’ve never had a good relationship.”

Source: Whisper

3. Toxic, torrid, passionate

The addiction is real.

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2. In search of better days

Two great tastes that taste horrible together.

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1. Time for me?

Yeah, that doesn’t sound like much of a dating life.

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Here’s to all trapped inside – may you get out soon.

Do you have an experience like this?

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