Toxic families, toxic work, emotional abuse
A brief aside:
On this blog and in my life I work hard to use deliberate language. I do this for several reasons.
One of those reasons is that he used words so ambiguously and in such a manipulative manner that it became necessary for me to get very clear, honest, and careful about language. I recognize that most people aren't quite as cautious with language as I am.
I often refer to the toxic system.
This is not intended to be vague at all.
It is intended to include all of those various systems out there that are unhealthy. Friendships, systems of employment, marriages, families, neighbors, religion-focused groups, online groups, ANY system of unhealthy patterns and people can become abusive and toxic