7 Signs of a Toxic Person & How to Deal with Them
Toxic people are hard to spot, but they can be just as toxic in your life. There is a difference between someone who challenges you and helps you grow versus someone who only wants to tear others down. This blog post will teach you how to spot these toxic people–and what to do if you find one!
What is a toxic person?
A toxic person is someone who can make the life of those around them difficult.
The following are some signs that indicate a toxic person:
- Being selfish and never thinking about others, or asking about their feelings before doing something;
- Acting in ways that hurt other people’s feelings to get what they want;
Here are 7 signs of a toxic person:
They are controlling
Toxic people usually want to be in control and will try to get you to do what they want, even if it doesn’t make sense or is wrong. This may mean that a toxic person uses a lot of guilt trips on you or gets angry when things don’t go their way. They might also have an exaggerated need for power at work, which can lead them to bully others more vulnerable than themselves…
They lie about everything
Often without any remorse whatsoever. One sign of being a toxic person is lying all the time. It’s easy for this type of person (if not caught) to create many different lies with ease because they know how good they’re going so nobody would question them.
They are the center of attention at all times
Even when it’s not appropriate or polite to do so. Being toxic often means that you want everyone else to look, feel and think how you want them to, without any personal consideration for others around you. It could manifest in a desire for superiority, dominance, and control over other people.
They will try anything they can get away with
No matter who gets hurt by their actions (including themselves). One way toxic people use power is to take advantage of what they have access to meaning work resources, your time and money, etc., but also physical assets such as cars, electronics or someone else’s home if given the chance.
They are easily jealous
They will betray people’s confidence or sabotage you if they feel threatened in any way.
They are very competitive
They win at all costs – even when it means making others lose as well.
A toxic person also takes credit for other people’s work by either passing the idea entirely to someone else who has not contributed anything or taking the credit themselves without acknowledging that anyone helped them with a project. They can be deceptive about this move because many times their intention is to make themselves appear like an expert on something where they have no such qualifications…
What are some toxic behaviors?
Inflicting physical harm: It is very toxic when someone inflicts physical injury on a person. This includes anything from hitting, slapping to shooting, and even stabbing with an object. Inflicting emotional pain: Some toxic people have been known to inflict emotional pain in the form of insults, constant criticism, or just being mean for no apparent reason at all. Disrespecting boundaries: A sign of a toxic person is that they disrespect personal boundaries which can include psychological, sexual, and/or verbal abuse where one individual’s beliefs are used against them as means of intimidation and control.
Do toxic people change?
It’s not uncommon for toxic people to claim they’ve changed, but in truth, most toxic behaviors remain the same. The only thing that changes is who they’re being toxic toward; one victim can quickly become many as a toxic person seeks new sources of power and control. Their apologies mean nothing if their actions don’t change with them.
A recovering addict will always be an addict, and so too does a toxic person who has never stopped being a toxic person – even when they think or say otherwise.
Toxic people often blame others for how they feel instead of taking responsibility for themselves by working on self-care strategies such as exercising more than once per week and spending time outside every day without electronics present.
To understand why someone became toxic in the first place, we need to look at their childhood. There are many reasons a child might have grown up with toxic people like parents or caregivers:
- A lack of parental love and support
- Neglectful parenting that did not protect them from violence outside the home
- Parental abuse – emotional, physical, sexual, verbal
- Lack of boundaries set by emotionally absent parents or those who prioritized work over family life
What To Do About Toxic People
You deserve to have people in your life who support you, encourage you, and are there for you. Toxic people can drag down those around them — so if someone is causing more stress than joy or happiness, it might be time to cut the cord on that relationship.