rince Harming Syndrome book – which also applies to Princess Harmings. Be sure to read to the end, for a helpful love metaphor – which will forever change how you view toxic partners! Read on…Want to know how to move on from a toxic relationship and find the right partner? Have you been looking for love in all the sexiest and wrongest places? It’s time to find someone who is compatible and trustworthy! The following is an excerpt from my Oprah recommended P
About a decade ago I became involved with a guy who was in such hot pursuit of me I jokingly referred to him as “A Romantrix.”
Don’t bother googling that term. I made it up.
For me “Romantrix” describes someone who dominates you so much with their romantic yearnings, they make it so romance has no choice but to happen.
This particular Romantrix inundatated me with love letters, flowers, candle-lit dinners, poems – and continuous promises to love me forever.
Shortly after our break up, I discovered a fascinating article in the New York Times—about the psychology of evil.
The article highlighted what it called “The Psychopath Checklist.”
This was a helpful list criminal psychiatrists use to test the potential of someone being a hardcore psychopath – capable of committing repeated evil and violent crimes.
To my amusement, all these adjectives were also very appropriate to describe my Romantrix – an adorably charismatic, fun, active, confident guy — who also turned out to be a two-faced cheater.
But just because they have that popular “wish list” of qualities, doesn’t mean you should date them!
Seeking strong character values always matters far more than personality (and other external allures), because “character” will always be the chooser of how someone behaves – and/or misbehaves!
Your relationship will always suffer if your partner (or you!) do not choose to put in the effort of strong character during challenging times like: conflicts, disappointments, stress, crisis, temptation, sadness, monetary challenges, illness, misunderstandings etc.
I believe that instead of looking for that popular “wish list” of qualities (sexy, funny, successful, smart etc) you should be seeking a “wish feeling.”
And the number one feeling you should seek —even before the feeling of love: the feeling of safety.
Without safety, you will never feel true love – because you’ll never feel comfy being vulnerable enough to reveal your true self – and experience true intimacy.
Why? Because they will make you feel safe!
If you and your partner each value growing into your best self – then during tough times you will be…
A person who embraces strong character is also someone who recognizes how a relationship is not simply a den of pleasure. It serves a double function!
You’ll think: “Hey this is no longer a den of pleasure. I’m outta here.”
But if your partner (and you) recognize that a relationship serves this double function, then you’ll understand that sometimes you have to leave the “den of pleasure” to head into that “laboratory for growth” – and that’s okay!
If you’re in a good relationship, you’ll both appreciate strong character values. And if so, you won’t won’t resent heading into the “laboratory for growth.” You’ll each recognize that growth is important. And that sometimes you have to put in a little effort to grow a relationship – and grow who you are!
How we all know that embracing strong character values really does matter in life and love.
Yet, the media mostly offers relationship-boosting tips like:
“Buy these sexy clothes!”
“Be more successful!”
“Tighten your buns!”
It’s rare that the media ever comes out and strongly advises:
“Yo! Value good strong character values in yourself and others!”
It would be interesting to see that as a recommended “hot love secret” on the cover of Cosmo or Maxim, eh?
So, why doesn’t the media hype the importance of working on strong character values – as much as it recommends working on your buns, income and wardrobe?
Probably because it takes far more time, effort and patience to work on strengthening character values.
Plus it also takes far more time, effort and patience to truly understand another person’s inner character — than it does to quickly be lured into their sexiness, wealth and charisma.
When you take the needed time to prioritize getting to know a person’s inner character — before you jump into bed/relationship with them – then this means you’re also prioritizing protecting your heart and longterm happiness.
After all, a person’s character will always be the determinant behind if they choose to behave naughty or nice — thereby making you feel sad or happy.
Why? Because all you’re falling for is their superficial self – not who they are in their inner core – their soul – their character.
Nowadays, people who are interested in their physical health make sure that they take time to read the ingredients on a package of yummy, tempting food.
They want to see if there’s longterm danger to their health if they allow this delicious food into their system.
What’s something which comes to your mind and heart when you read my tools for how to move on from a toxic relationship? Join the conversation below! Many thousands of peeps read this blog – so, what you share could be a helpful inspiration for someone else! xo Karen