Being loved unconditionally by your wife, husband, girlfriend or boyfriend seems reasonable, right? Wrong. Unconditional love is for children, not adults. Even with kids, good enough parents love their children, but correct them when they misbehave and teach them right from wrong. What toxic personalities often mean by “unconditional love” is love without accountability. In other words, even if they physically assault you, cheat, lie, smear you or are deliberately cruel to you, you’re not supposed to complain, express hurt or anger and, basically, tolerate their abuse until they tire of you.
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