Healing Toxic Relationships Summit

Healing Toxic Relationships Summit

In advance of our new book, How to Understand Your Relationships (last book in our How to Understand Your… series), Alex Iantaffi and I recently spoke with Jaï Bristow for the upcoming summit on Healing Toxic Relationships.

In our conversation, we cover:

  • Why toxic dynamics arise in relationships,
  • The role of cultural trauma and developmental trauma in our relational patterns and dynamics,
  • How our responses to toxic relationships can risk furthering the problem and how we might respond differently,
  • How important it is to broaden out our understanding of relationships, to consider toxic dynamics that show up in all kinds of relationships, not just intimate partnerships, and
  • How we might know when it is a good idea to remain in a relationship, when it’s not, and what the spectrum of options may be in relation to this.


The conference airs on November 6th – 12th and our interview goes out on Day 1. You can sign up for the conference from today, using this link.

Or wait for the book which should be out next year.


Meg-John (MJ) Barker (they/them) is a writer, zine-maker, collaborator, contemplative practitioner, and friend. They are the author of a number of zines and popular books on sex, gender, and relationships, including graphic guides to Queer, Gender, and Sexuality (with Jules Scheele), and How To Understand Your Gender, Sexuality and Relationships (with Alex Iantaffi).