Whether it is a matter of power and dominance at work, manipulation, influence or jealousy in the couple or family, toxic relationships are set up in a harmful way to lead to daily aggressions. Everything can sometimes start with a harmless sentence, a reproach, or a remark that will turn out to be so many attempts at manipulation or destabilization. In love, misunderstandings, doubts, and jealousy have the ability to turn a beautiful story into a real battlefield. In the workplace, whether it is a leader or a toxic colleague, between harassment, strained relationships and verbal aggression, everyday life can quickly become unbearable. In the family, it is the same toxic conditions that explain that with each family reunion, the tone rises automatically, turning moments of togetherness into real trials.
It is possible to protect yourself from toxic conditions by cultivating your relational intelligence. Working with oneself and questioning one’s relationship to others especially makes it possible to understand that certain relationships make us grow, flourish, and contribute to our well-being. While others on the contrary drag us down, destabilize us and in some cases can destroy us. Relational intelligence then makes it possible to identify toxic behaviors, better deal with or even avoid harmful people, and above all, protect oneself from the aggressiveness that underlies these conditions. But how do you identify the signs of a toxic relationship? How do you protect yourself from toxic personalities in your professional and personal life? What to do when faced with a toxic father or mother? How can cultivating relational intelligence help us?
Find all our decryptions and our expert advice to know all about toxic conditions.
Why is it so complicated between us?
With family, friends, at work, it’s getting harder and harder to get along, and our relationships are getting strained quickly. In an era that requires us to communicate non-stop, what is our share of responsibility?
How can we improve our relationships?
Some conditions are toxic. What effect do they have on our body and mind? Why do we get poisoned? Let us learn to spot them in order to better protect ourselves from these toxic conditions and find good energy with others.
Our relationship: caregivers or vampires?
Some people give us energy while others exhaust us. How to cultivate the connection with the former and remove the latter? The psychiatrist Christophe André helps us to decipher what is at stake in our exchanges.
I avoid toxic conditions
If some people actively participate in our well-being, others, on the contrary, seem to be trying to harm it. How do you get rid of these toxic conditions? Advice from Luce Janin Devillars.
How do you protect yourself from a toxic mother?
Sneaky behavior, manipulation, endless conflicts … Sarah can no longer cope with the toxic relationship that has developed between her and her mother. She asks for help from Jacques Salomé, a psychosociologist.
Are you a victim of toxic handling?
Harassment, strained relationships with overarching, impossible missions, lack of recognition or even daily humiliation or aggression … Toxic handling continues to gain ground in the professional world. Harmful to employees, it is also harmful to companies. Decryption with Chantal Vander Vorst, coach and coach, of a topic that is still too taboo.
How to deal with a toxic leader?
Does your supervisor’s behavior stress you out, amaze you, make you angry, or do you often despair? Do you feel helpless, devalued, demotivated because of him? In his book toxic handling, Chantal Vander Vorst, coach and trainer, profiled five types of harmful leaders. And explains the strategy to be used against them.
How I simplified my relationship
Walk or talk? Forgive or break up? The testimonies of Hélène, Florent and Delphine, who managed to appease and clarify their emotional bonds.
3 tips for practicing relational intelligence
Avoid manipulators, narcissistic perverts or even toxic personalities, and then dare to be sincere, cooperate and help each other: Here are three ways to achieve simplicity, goodwill and cultivate true relational intelligence.