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Recognizing and Dealing with Toxic People

oxic people can have a negative impact on our lives, from our emotional well-being to our physical health. They may be difficult to recognize at first, but once we identify them, it’s important to take steps to protect ourselves. In this blog post, we’ll discuss what toxic people are, how to recognize them, and how to deal with them.

What are toxic people?

Toxic people are individuals who exhibit negative behaviors, attitudes, and actions that can be harmful to those around them. They may be manipulative, critical, or self-centered, and they may create conflict or drama in their relationships. Toxic people can be friends, family members, co-workers, or even romantic partners.

How to recognize toxic people?

Recognizing toxic people can be challenging, as they may not always exhibit negative behavior in every interaction. However, there are some common signs to look out for. Toxic people may:

  • Criticize or belittle others, including you
  • Be manipulative or controlling
  • Be negative or pessimistic
  • Be unreliable or inconsistent
  • Thrive on drama and conflict
  • Lack empathy or compassion
  • Drain your energy and leave you feeling worse after interacting with them

How to deal with toxic people?

Dealing with toxic people can be difficult, but there are steps you can take to protect yourself. Here are some tips:

  1. Set boundaries: Establish clear boundaries with the toxic person and communicate them assertively. This may involve saying no to their requests or limiting the amount of time you spend with them.
  2. Practice self-care: Engage in self-care activities such as exercise, meditation, or spending time with loved ones to boost your well-being and reduce stress.
  3. Don’t take it personally: Remember that the toxic person’s behavior is not a reflection of your worth or value. Try not to take their negative comments or actions personally.
  4. Don’t engage in their drama: Toxic people may try to engage you in drama or conflict. Refrain from engaging in their drama or responding to their negative comments.
  5. Seek support: Surround yourself with supportive friends and family who can provide emotional support and guidance. Consider reaching out to a therapist or counselor for additional support.
  6. Practice empathy: While it can be difficult, try to understand where the toxic person is coming from and why they may be behaving in a negative way. This can help you maintain perspective and avoid taking their behavior personally.
  7. Consider cutting ties: In some cases, it may be necessary to cut ties with a toxic person. This can be a difficult decision, but it may be necessary to protect your well-being and mental health.

In conclusion, toxic people can have a negative impact on our lives, but we can take steps to protect ourselves. By recognizing the signs of toxic behavior, setting boundaries, practicing self-care, and seeking support, we can maintain our well-being and avoid being pulled into their negativity. Remember, we deserve to surround ourselves with positive and supportive people who uplift us and help us grow.

For more on this discussion listen to the podcast ‘Making of a Diva” or visit our Facebook group “Making of a Diva.”

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