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Mutual respect is vital for friendships.

The saga of Instagram influencer Caroline Calloway shows the risks of being in a toxic friendship

If you feel like you have to act differently or catch yourself making excuses for your friend, it could mean your relationship isn't healthy.
The signs of an emotionally draining relationship aren't always clear and obvious.

7 signs that your relationship is emotionally draining you

INSIDER reached out to mental health experts to learn about signs that indicate a relationship has gone from being fulfilling to emotionally draining.
Being as boring as a gray rock means toxic people turn elsewhere to cause chaos.

Here’s how victims of narcissists can use the ‘gray rock’ method when no contact isn’t an option

"Gray rocking" is a boundary-setting technique that allows targets of psychological abuse to remain grounded by acting as dull and unremarkable as a rock.
Toxic man: Edward in "Twilight," hundreds of years old, sneaks into a teenage girl's bedroom to watch her sleep.

Smart, successful women may be more likely to get ‘addicted’ to toxic men than others

High performing women can get addicted to the turbulent push and pull behavior of their abuser because they believe in his potential.
Watch out for signs that your friend is toxic.

13 signs your friendship with someone is toxic

Toxic 'friends' are always competing with you, are jealous of other friends, and lie to get sympathy.
Feeling angry is healthy.

How to tell if the anger you feel towards your partner is healthy or toxic

Anger sometimes festers from unresolved issues, and that's when it isn't so healthy.
There are some red flags to look out for.

7 signs you’re in a parasitic relationship with your partner

It can be hard to realize you're in a parasitic relationship when you're in the midst of it. There are, however, some signs to look out for.
Narcissistic parents create a damaging environment for children to grow up in.

Narcissistic parents identify their children as either a favourite or a scapegoat, and they pit them against each other

Narcissists often emotionally reject a child that reminds them of their own insecurities and flaws.
Toxic people operate differently.

It’s possible to feel too grateful in a relationship, and it can be a sign you should get out

Toxic people aren't bad all the time, and they're also highly skilled at tricking you into focusing on the good times.
Repetition compulsion means you're subconsciously trying to fix the past.

6 types of people to avoid getting into a relationship with

There are several types of people you should avoid getting into a romantic relationship with. This is because they are highly draining and a relationship with them is likely to end up being toxic and damaging, so look out for any red flags early on.