Family & Relationships 7 Reasons You Might Let People Mistreat You By Amy Morin, LCSW Amy Morin, LCSW Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Amy Morin, LCSW, is the Editor-in-Chief of Verywell Mind. She's also a psychotherapist, the author of the bestselling book "13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do," and the host of The Verywell Mind Podcast. Learn about our editorial process Published on August 19, 2022 Print Verywell / Julie Bang Table of Contents View All Table of Contents Friday Fix: Episode 190 More About the Podcast Every Friday on The Verywell Mind Podcast, Editor-in-Chief Amy Morin, LCSW, shares the “Friday Fix”—a short episode featuring a quick, actionable tip or exercise to help you manage a specific mental health issue or concern. Follow Now: Apple Podcasts / Spotify / Google Podcasts Friday Fix: Episode 190 Have you ever allowed someone to put you down? Have you tolerated broken promises over and over again? Have you put up with someone who treats you poorly? If so, you’re not alone. We all have likely let someone mistreat us at one time or another. That’s not to say you always need to address mistreatment. If someone cuts in front of you in line, you might decide just to let it go. But repeated mistreatment from a friend, family member, colleague, or acquaintance can be a problem. Some mistreatment might involve outright disrespect. At other times, mistreatment might be more subtle like snarky backhanded compliments or gaslighting. Signs That You’re In an Unhealthy Relationship While you can’t control how other people behave, you can control how you respond to them. If you’ve allowed someone to treat you poorly and didn’t address their behavior, it’s important to consider why. It may have to do with the other person—like you fear what would happen if you spoke up. Or, it may have more to do with you—like you fear what would happen to you if the other person stopped being in your life. Once you understand why you allow mistreatment to happen, you can take helpful action. In this episode of The Verywell Mind Podcast, I explain the top seven reasons why you might allow someone to mistreat you. I also share how you can take steps to move forward in a healthy way if someone treats you poorly. How to Tell If You're In a One-Sided Relationship More About the Podcast The Verywell Mind Podcast is available across all streaming platforms. If you like the show, please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts. Reviews and ratings are a great way to encourage other people to listen and help them prioritize their mental health too. Links and Resources Follow Amy Morin on Instagram. Check out Amy’s books on mental strength. If You Liked This Episode You Might Also Like These Episodes: How to Set Boundaries With Therapist Nedra Glover-Tawwab Friday Fix: How to Stay Mentally Strong When Someone Is Gaslighting You How to Tell if Someone Is Lying With Psychologist Paul Ekman How to Recognize When You’re Being Used By Amy Morin, LCSW Amy Morin, LCSW, is the Editor-in-Chief of Verywell Mind. She's also a licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist, and international bestselling author. Her books, including "13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do," have been translated into more than 40 languages. Her TEDx talk, "The Secret of Becoming Mentally Strong," is one of the most viewed talks of all time. See Our Editorial Process Meet Our Review Board Share Feedback Was this page helpful? Thanks for your feedback! What is your feedback? Other Helpful Report an Error Submit Speak to a Therapist Online Advertiser Disclosure × The offers that appear in this table are from partnerships from which Verywell Mind receives compensation.