Unhealthy Relationships Cause Unhealthy Bodies

September 23, 2014      |      Posted on Posted in In the News
Unhealthy Relationships Cause Unhealthy Bodies

ACI Founder and CEO Dr. Ann D. Clark is a frequent media contributor. See an excerpt of Dr. Clark’s recent feature below, and read the full article on The San Diego Union-Tribune

Dr. Ann Clark, a San Diego human services expert who has published books documenting her and others’ experiences with toxic relationships, said the main difference between toxic and abusive relationships is that toxic relationships are capable of causing high physical and emotional stress whereas abuse is an outright assault on a physical level.

Toxic relationships are more widespread, and her definition includes relationships that create a state of internal negativity that could come in the form of negative inner self-talk, self-doubt or judgments. They are relationships where there’s no inner calmness, happiness, joy or clarity of thinking.

“You simply know when you’re in one,” she said. “This person is not your cheerleader.”

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