A Toxic Behavior to Watch ForJun 04, 2020
Please note that this is not meant to invalidate pain you've experienced. This is written in the context of resolving conflict that can happen between two people.
Safe relationships are centered and grounded in forgiveness. When you have a friend with the ability to forgive you for hurting them or letting them down, something deep occurs in the transaction between you two. The healing process begins to liberate both people of the harm that was done. Guilt, shame, hurt and fear start to dissolve, so receiving forgiveness when we know we’ve truly blown it is a humbling and growth-producing experiencing. It’s the only thing better than forgiving someone else.
On the other hand, an unsafe person who is unable to forgive can be very destructive. Unsafe people are often good at identifying your weaknesses. They can quote the minute and hour you hurt them, and recall the scene in intimate detail and living color. Like a good attorney, they have the entire case mapped out. And you are judged as “guilty.” And while we need to be confronted with our weaknesses, unsafe people, however, confront us not to forgive us, but to condemn us and punish us. They remove their love until we are appropriately chastened. This, obviously, destroys any chance for connection or safety.
Let's work together to figure out who is safe and what is unsafe.