Noticing the Toxic People in Your Life

By Kimberly Garcia
Blog Content Contributor

Notice that someone person never has good news? Or maybe they never agree with what you are talking about? Maybe you notice that every time you hang out, you wish you would have just stayed home and binge watched “The Office”. This could be a toxic person. They could be significant others, friends or even family. With careful attention, you could point them out almost immediately.

It doesn’t take long for this person to say something that really just gets under your skin. Whether it’s about something you said you did last week or what you’re wearing at the time, this person is always ready to criticize your actions. It makes it harder to trust others or discuss problems that you have.

They also never hear what you have to say. Whenever you have a problem and you look to them for help, they talk about themselves and offer no solution to you. It is important to realize that in your time of need, they will take it upon themselves to completely ignore your dilemma and bring up their own. They might spin the problem to be about how it is more of an issue for them than it is for you.

Many universities offer resources to help you deal with toxic people. Photo by Kimberly Garcia.
Many universities offer resources to help you deal with toxic people. Photo by Kimberly Garcia.

Someone might be toxic if you have a day that you might see them and you’re already mad about it. The day you plan to see them is already the worst and you’re looking forward to going to sleep after you see them. This is another hint that this person no longer makes you happy.

Signs like these reveal that it might be time for you to move on. Having toxic people could help you in becoming a toxic person yourself. It is also detrimental to your mental health. Constant negativity can place you in a dark place, lower your self-esteem and loser your productivity during the day. It could also create stress. If someone is consistently judging you, you might start feeling like everything you do is wrong. The sooner you can release toxic people from for life, the sooner you can be released to a happier place.

Featured image by Madison Tyson.

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