Toxic People: 4 Ways to Deal With Them

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We’ve all had toxic people in our lives at some point…

Toxic people are always drawn to the good ones, and all of us have more than likely had a person in our lives who had us bending backward only to never truly get anywhere.

Their destruction lies in their subtlety and the way they can incite that classic response, “It’s not them. It’s me.” They can have you questioning if you’re overreactive, oversensitive, or even if you’re misinterpreting something.

If you’re the one who continually gets hurt or the one who is always adjusting your own behavior to not end up hurt, then chances are that it’s, in fact, NOT you, and it’s very much them being toxic.

Being capable of spotting a person’s destructive behavior is your first step in not letting them impact you. You may not be able to transform them, but you CAN change how you’re reaction is to them.

There are lots of things toxic people do in order to manipulate others and certain situations to their benefit. Here are 5 ways to spot toxic people and how you can manage run-ins with them.

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11 Responses

  1. Wow this was really helpful, I think I’ve been in a whole lot of toxic relationships nearly most of my life, maybe I’m someone they feed off of? Anyway now I think I can steer clear of them better now!
    So thank you! Sincerely!

  2. Speaking as one who grew up with it, you become desensitized after while. Always striving to get that positive reinforcement you so desperately want, only to get something finally positive followed directly by a negative. IE. “Gee that looks nice on you, but would have looked better on (someone else) and where are the white gloves?” Or “you’ll never amount to anything, you take after the bad side of the family” . So it was easy to fall into another Narcissist trap for my relationships. I have learned the hard way, RUN don’t walk away from these types of people. They are toxic. Unfortunately for me they are family. My deliverance – moving 300 miles away and only visiting once a year for a week.

  3. Yes, I have a friend that has insulted me and my family for years YET, his family is wonderful. Well, I told him to stop taking his insecurity out on me and ended our friendship of 40 years. Not missing this toxic unhappy individual at all

  4. Years ago I had toxic relatives basically Inlaw relatives, and I read a book about toxic people which was actually (I just can’t remember the name of it now) Very good at identifying and dealing with toxic individuals ( And I’ll just mention now that they have passed Show no longer in my life); at the time it wasn’t like I could totally avoid them and dealing with him in anyway only brought more toxic backlash. They were Very set in their ways and very manipulative as well, and being toxic was a part of their personality traits. I did like what you wrote here in your suggestions to keep in mind because there are always toxic people around.

  5. Nearly all of the toxic people in my life are no longer in my life. This article is excellent (wish I had access to this information years ago). It is heart-warming and reassuring to see the posts to this article. I wish all of you a very good life from here out.

  6. The very best thing you could do for your mental health is get out of a toxic relationship. I left my narcissistic ex-husband three years ago and have never felt better. You never realize how they drag you down in life, emotionally, spiritually, and even your body starts to ache just being around the toxicity. Break free my friends it’s the best feeling in the world.

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