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Staying in a Dysfunctional Relationship

Group Therapy: Staying in a Dysfunctional Relationship

This question comes from a Group Therapy post in our TrèsSugar Community. Add your advice in the comments!

I'm in a situation I'm not proud to be in. I've stayed in a dysfunctional relationship for way too long, with a man who is fun and sweet and kind, but who also withholds himself from me on the premise that he needs to take care of himself before he can take care of me.

Our history is complicated and stupid and it's been a lot of on again/off again, and right now we are basically in a relationship, just without the "boyfriend" and "girlfriend" titles. I can feel my self worth, happiness, and energy dwindling away as I keep trying to make it work with this boy who cares about me until I bring up the fact that I'm not happy.

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When things are good, they're amazing, but when they're bad, I turn in to this clingy, needy, self-loathing monster who can't seem to survive without him. I don't know how to escape this cycle.

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