How to identify toxic people

The people in your life should be a source of reducing stress, not causing more of it


At some point in time, we come across people who discourage us from being a better person. This group of people is whom we call “toxic”. They try to demotivate you, lower your self-esteem and sabotage your personal growth.

Identifying toxic people and understanding how to manage them is crucial to your well being, success and happiness.

Those who are difficult, annoying or unpleasant might not always be toxic. You might want to distance yourself from them but not cut off. Having said that, it all depends on each individual. The decision is always yours — you should know when to distance them and when to cut off.

Here are a few signs of toxic people.

Toxic people are manipulative. They know how to use people to get their job done. It’s all about them.

Toxic people have a negative mindset. They always complain, whine and criticize. Nothing makes them happy. Nor are they ready to be happy for you.

Toxic people do not care about you, support you or show interest in something that is important to you.

Criticism is in their blood! They will find ways to put you down by criticizing your every decision.

Toxic people show no empathy or compassion.

Toxic people are always right. Mistakes? They are too wise to make mistakes!

They love to play the role of a victim. It is always somebody else’s fault — excessive blaming.

Toxic people disrespect your boundaries. No matter how much you ask them to respect your boundaries, they will never do so.

Under the influence of a toxic person, you might end up doubting your own decisions. You might feel sad or ashamed of your progress. You might even end up picking up a few toxic qualities from them! Toxicity is contagious so it is better to stay away from those who are toxic.


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