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I find it difficult to use the word “toxic” since I want to see the best in everyone. But, as harsh as that may sound, it is true. No matter how much you care for someone, they may be a poison in your life. They are quite destructive. They may generate a lot of tension, which will stifle your growth and take away a lot of your time and happiness.

Toxic people may occur in anyone’s life; they might be your manipulative boss, a vindictive friend, a negative relative, insecure colleagues, high school and college cliques, and so on. They might be reacting out of fear of change, or they could be feeling insecure and disturbed by your successes.

Cut Toxic People Out of Your Life

Have you ever been so upset and irritated by someone’s attitude that you needed to vent on your friends? He/she always bringing negative ideas, spreading gossips, badmouthing others, and making everything a huge issue.  This negative atmosphere affects the team, making everyone uncomfortable, which leads to a lot of tensions and anxieties.

Toxic people are likely to have put a burden on your life as well. They make you feel irritated, resentful, uncomfortable, depressed, and even less important. You could feel emotionally tired after spending time with them, or you might despise the person you become when you’re with them. It is frequently unconscious, but that is what makes it so dangerous, and it is important that we eliminate toxic people from our lives.

It’s not simple to get rid of someone who’s toxic out your life.  There’s always a possibility that they’ll become abusive or resistant to your attempts to leave. This really just underscores the need of removing these individuals from your circle of interest.

Signs To Look For

Toxicity is infectious and wormlike, and it spreads easily. If you’re around a toxic person, you could start to exhibit some of their toxic behaviors, which can happen to anyone.

Toxic people usually tend to take the weak, vulnerable, or kind-hearted person.  They target those of us who want to give everyone a chance, who believe in second or third chances, and who believe that anyone can be changed if we love them enough. It’s a sad irony that the nicest people take the longest to realize that they’re just being manipulated and used.

Here are some warning indicators that you may be dealing with a toxic person:

  • They ask for and take far more than they give like continuously asking you to take them out to different restaurants.
  • They are loud, boisterous, rowdy, and even aggressive.
  • They are self-centered, appearing to be interested in others only when it serves a selfish objective. They have arrogant thinking and behavior, lack of empathy and consideration for other people, and has an excessive need for admiration.
  • They always have something to say about everything, no matter how big or small the issue.
  • They approach people in a plastic and manipulative way.
  • They appear to shift their moods quickly, in a good mood one minute and extremely angry or cold the next.
  • They set other people in your life against one another or try to convince you that others are untrustworthy.
  • They are always the victim and are never at fault.

DON’T IGNORE THE RED FLAGS

Here are some warning signs to look out for in yourself:

  • You are always under the impression that you must save or repair the person.
  • You find yourself justifying their actions.
  • You’re exhausted after spending time with them.
  • You never know how they’ll react to things, so you’re always on edge when you’re around them.
  • You find yourself avoiding situations or subjects of conversation that may irritate them.
  • You’ve had several instances where you felt as if you didn’t recognize his/her anymore.
  • You feel bad when they are unhappy, even if you don’t know what you did wrong.
  • You never know if they’re speaking the truth or not.
  • You have confusion if they’re genuine towards you.
  • You are annoyed every time you hear made-up stories coming from him/her.

Toxic people can screw up your total well-being. There are certain people that must be let go of in order for you to remain calm and happy. You are not bound to stay in a relationship with someone who is deceptive, egotistical, and either subtly or openly abusive. It’s heartbreaking to learn that at some point a loved one or friend can be toxic, but learning to let go of them would be beneficial to you.

It may take some time to evaluate whether or not a person should be removed from your life, but if any of this seems similar, give it some attention. Some relationships are difficult, and that’s alright. Some personalities clash, which is fine. However, if a relationship is causing you pain and adversely affecting your well-being, it is not permissible anymore. 

Love and compassion cannot redeem someone, and it is not your responsibility to change someone. Even whether it is a close family member or a friend, it is OK to quit a toxic relationship without feeling guilty. It won’t be easy, but it might be the healthiest move you’ll ever make.

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