It’s likely that you’ve encountered a toxic person at some point in your life. If you haven’t so far, then you will. These kinds of people are completely self-obsessed and will suck the energy out of you by simply being near you. They have no regard for other people and are only interested in satisfying their own desires.
Sometimes it can be hard to spot a toxic person, especially if they’re someone that you’re close with. To help you to recognize them, below are 9 warning signs that you’re dealing with a toxic person.
1. Drama Seems to Follow Them Everywhere
It’s not a coincidence, toxic people are fueled by drama. They seek it out at every chance and if they can’t find it, they’ll create it.
2. They Lie All The Time
Whether it’s to make themselves look better, to get out of a situation they’ve put themselves into, or simply because they’re bored, they will lie. It’s part of their nature to never give out the truth to anyone and to never tell a story the same way twice.
3. You Always Have to Adhere to Their Schedule
You need to be available whenever they want you to be. It doesn’t matter how many plans you make, they will always be busy. The decision of where and when to go somewhere or do something is up to them because they want things done on their time, always.
4. They Always Make Themselves The Victim
Have you ever had a friend tell you “It’s not my fault I’m late, you should have reminded me”? If so, it’s likely that they’re toxic for you to be around. Shifting the blame from themselves is second nature to toxic people. In their eyes, they can do no wrong and everyone else is at fault.
5. They Always Need To Be Right
You will never win an argument with a toxic person. It doesn’t matter if you’re right, they will never be able to accept that they could be wrong about something. To them, their opinions are the only ones that count.
6. They’re Always Complaining
Nothing is ever good enough for them. They don’t have the ability to focus on anything good, only on the bad things in their life. They believe that the world is out to get them and that everyone in it is just a nuisance.
7. Gossiping is Their Favorite Pastime
By spreading rumors about others, toxic people boost their own ego. They not only make themselves seem better than everyone else by doing this but also make themselves feel special for knowing information about other people that you might not know.
8. They’ll Throw You Away Without a Second Thought
If you don’t hold any value for a toxic person, they will simply leave you behind. The only relationships that they’re interested in are ones that provide them with something.
9. They Make You Feel Uncomfortable
One of the biggest warning signs that you’re dealing with a toxic person, is how bad they make you feel when you’re around them. They will make you feel on-edge, worried, or irritated. You may find yourself avoiding their texts or calls just so that you won’t need to see them.
Having a toxic person rule your life can be emotionally draining. The worst part is, they’re unlikely to ever see the error of their ways, no matter how hard you try to show them.
Often the best thing for you to do is to cut them out of your life. You are not obligated to deal with someone who is only interested in themselves.
If you believe that someone you know is in a close relationship with someone who is toxic, you can share this article with them so that they can learn to recognize the red flags.