Do you have toxic people in your life? I think it’s pretty safe to say that most of us do. Here’s what you need to know about these people and how to handle them.
Dealing with these people is challenging and draining, to put it mildly. Actually, it may cause serious emotional strain. Being able to recognize their damaging behavior is the number one thing to reducing their impact. And while you probably won’t be able to change them, you can change your attitude and actions.
Toxic People Like To Manipulate
They are good liars and master manipulators. They don’t mind using others to achieve their goals, whatever those might be. And since they are very good actors, it’s quite easy for them to get others do what they want. Also, toxic individuals are very good at making you feel like you owe them something.
They Always Judge But Never Apologize
Toxic people like to criticize. In fact, they enjoy pointing out even the smallest thing they think you did wrong. This type of person always looks down on others. They will be the first to tell you just how wrong you are or criticize some of your characteristics. However, they will never admit their own mistakes or apologize. They believe everything is someone else’s fault and never take responsibility.
Toxic People Won’t Share Your Happiness
While during some crisis they will act like a friend, toxic people will not share your joy. Whenever something good happens to you they get jealous or even try to sabotage your happiness. They usually do it by minimizing your success, or pointing out the bad sides of whatever makes you happy.
How To Handle Toxic People
If a person in your life isn’t supportive, doesn’t respect your feelings or opinions and tries to make you feel bad about yourself, that person is toxic. You need to learn to put yourself first and don’t get sucked into their drama. Distance yourself and say no. Toxic people are deeply insecure and unhappy and that’s why they do what they do. Set some boundaries, don’t spend too much time with them and don’t take things personally.