Having a sibling can be an amazing thing, but just because someone is related to you doesn't automatically make them a positive part of your life. Everyone wants a good relationship with their family, but if you feel negatively after every interaction, you might want to look out for some signs your siblings are toxic. Family members can cause as much strife in your life as friends or coworkers, and sometimes it can be hard to take a step back because of your familial obligations.
"The things that make a sibling toxic are the same things that make a friend toxic — only with a sibling, it's even hard to separate yourself from the drama," says Jill Whitney, LMFT over email. "Toxic people consistently make you feel worse about yourself, in an unhealthy way. Some siblings might give honest, kind feedback that kind of stings or might make you feel bad in comparison because they've made different choices that have worked well for them. Those are not toxic situations. They're just uncomfortable information that you might learn from."
Everyone has to find the right way to deal with their unhealthy family relationships, but the first step is identifying that your sibling is causing harm to your life. Here are eight signs that your sibling is toxic.