Do you have a toxic person in your life?
Most of us have or have had at least one toxic person in our lives. Unfortunately, they are often difficult to identify and it is as a result of this that they have the power to destroy us. Without even realizing it, you might be surrounding yourself with toxic people who are detrimental to your wellbeing and your mental health. Toxic people are often extremely manipulative and they are skilled at hiding their true colors. Therefore, it is important that you step back and look at the people you consider friends as you might find that one (or more) do not deserve to be in your life.
There are 5 types of toxic people you do not need.
1. The untrustworthy one
In all friendships and relationships, trust is essential. Being friends with someone you cannot trust means not being able to rely on them. What is more, it means not knowing whether or not they will be there when you need them most. Everybody deserves to know that they have unconditional love and support from the people around them; if you feel like you cannot trust someone, it is best to end that relationship.
2. The irresponsible one
This person always crosses the line. They claim that they are having fun and that they just want to enjoy their life; however, they are constantly engaging in dangerous (or even illegal) activities. Furthermore, they often try to pressure you into doing these things with them. Their energy is toxic and draining as you are always wondering how to help them or how to find a way out of seeing them.
3. The miserable one
When you see this friend, your mood always changes. This person is cynical and pessimistic; moreover, they enjoy complaining about their problems and ignore any solutions that are offered. Unsurprisingly, after spending time with them, you often find yourself feeling upset, pessimistic and exhausted.
4. The dramatic one
We all have that one friend who is always involved in drama, gossip, or rumors. If you spend a short amount of time with this person, it can be fun and refreshing; however, long exposure to someone who is obsessed with drama can be toxic. Consider distancing yourself from this person (otherwise, you might get sucked into the drama too).
5. The competitive one
This friend is never happy for you. Whenever you accomplish something or achieve a goal, they will diminish your success and dismiss your happiness. What is worse, they will turn everything into a competition, remind you of their own accomplishments, and try to tear you down. This person is extremely insecure and feels threatened by your success.
If you have one or more of these people in your life, you need to take action and protect yourself. Set boundaries or cut off the people who are destroying your happiness.