You probably know a few toxic people in your life right now. They might work with you in the office, some of them might be in your current circle of friends, you might live with one of them, heh, you might be one of them yourself! Toxic people can be mentally and physically exhausting to be around, and they can have a massive negative impact on your forward momentum. The distractions, stress and negativity that toxic people can bring into your life only act as unnecessary obstacles, so it is best to avoid them.

I have put together this list of 6 toxic types that will help you recognize if any of these people are around you. The faster that you remove these toxic people from your life, the better for you and for your future.

 

1. The Gossip

These are type of people who always seem to have the latest negative stories about your neighbors, your colleagues in work and your other friends. People who Gossip are generally insecure and they usually like to be the center of attention. They are destructive people, and are highly negative people to be around. Remember, if they are gossiping to you about someone, you can be sure that they are also gossiping about you to someone else. Ignore, and if at all possible avoid these people. If someone you know starts to gossip, quickly change the subject. Send them a clear message that you are not interested.

2. The Jealous

When a person feels inferior they often express their feelings in the form of jealousy. Avoid taking jealousy personally. Know that when a person is jealous of you, it has nothing to do with you, and it has everything to do with them. Be confident in yourself. Do not allow a jealous person affect your confidence or create doubt in yourself.

 3. The Control Freaks

A control freak is a person who attempts to dictate how everything is done around them. Control freaks never want to listen, because to them they already know it all, and they think they know the best way to do everything. These people always try to dictate how you are supposed to be, think and feel. Control freaks can be very difficult people to deal with in your personal or professional life. The best way to deal with a control freak is to say to them “I value your opinion, but I am going to this my way.” Repetition is key when dealing with a control freak, as many will not get the message straight away. These people are a negative influence to you and to your personal growth.

4. The Victims

The victim will always make excuses and want to blame others around them for their mistakes and their bad luck. They never want to accept personal responsibility, and always point the finger at someone or something else. Kick these negative people to the curb, they thrive on negativity and they will drain you of your positivity.

5. The Negative

Negative people will drain you of your positivity; they almost enjoy bringing everyone down around them. You will never hear words of encouragement from a negative person. These people will almost go out of their way to point out every possible way why you will fail. These people can be judgemental, pessimistic and are a massive energy drain. Take personal responsibility for your own positivity and energy despite what any negative person tells you. You need to protect your positive outlook on life and avoid these people like the plague.

6. The Compulsive Liars

You need to be surrounded by people in your personal and professional life that you can trust. Some lies can be harmful; some can be simply exaggerations of the truth. The trouble with compulsive liars is that you never know how to differentiate between fact and fiction about what they tell you, sometimes neither do they. The biggest problem with compulsive liars is trust; if someone ever lies to you, how can you ever believe what they say to you. You honestly do not need the headache.

 

Do you recognize any of these 6 types of toxic people? If you do, I hope that you will take the necessary action to limit your time with them or avoid them altogether. Once you do, you will notice less drama and negativity in your life and you will create a more positive environment for yourself.

 

Damien Thomas

I believe that personal development is an exciting lifelong process as well as a wonderful journey of self-discovery. It is my sincere wish that I can help people to believe in themselves, believe in their dreams, and most importantly, to take action to achieve the life of their dreams.