Negativity is everywhere. It’s in the media, the workplace, within our social circles, and even in our own families. You can’t avoid it altogether, but you can cut at least some of it out of your life. Toxic people are brilliant at spreading negativity and making your life more difficult than it needs to be. But your life is too precious to waste time on those who do nothing but bring you down. Sometimes you can’t fully remove toxic people from your life, but recognizing who they are and their modi operandi can help you to be more selective about with whom you spend your time.
Here are some common toxic people you should try to avoid:
1. The Criticizer
Don’t confuse this toxic person with someone who gives constructive criticism. The intentions between the two are different. A lot of it is in the tone used to deliver the criticism. If the tone is cautious or stoic, the criticism delivered is likely meant to help you. If it’s condescending or micromanaging in nature, and occurs often, it is likely toxic, and is meant to serve not you, but the damaged ego of the person in question. Even if you try to make it clear that your intentions are pure and logical, the toxic criticizer has an arsenal of arguments ready to shower down on you.