Absolutely. There are some pretty good observations in this article on the ways that people can behave badly in relationships, or bring bad attitudes to them.

But we use the word "toxic" far too easily. People are not poisonous just because they're flawed, and there's also an unpleasant implication that "if you have this trait you're toxic" - never mind that you might *also* have many other very positive and welcome traits.

Barnaby is a journalist based in Suffolk, UK. By day he covers science and public policy; by night, film and classical music. He has also been a cinema manager.

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