10 Ways to Spot a Toxic Person in Your Life

2. They frequently criticize you.

Toxic people are masters at being judgmental. They make it incredibly difficult for you to please them. As a result, your self-esteem suffers in their hands when they constantly make jabs at it. A toxic person spends more time pointing out your flaws and mistakes, rather than helping you get better at something with constructive feedback. I’ve often been told I’m stupid by the one person I’ve always wanted to be proud of me.

It’ll usually be over something so small and accidental, and somehow, I’ll get such a strong negative reaction from it. I used to take their words to heart, because their feedback was the only one that mattered. But now that I see that I don’t need their approval any longer, I’ve learned to turn to other sources for help if I need to get better at something.

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  1. Hi! Reading this makes me feel very sad for those who are struggling with toxic people in their lives, as sometimes it’s hard even to come to terms with how flawed the relationship is.

    Everything here was well written, but a couple of the points (such as point six) were a little sparser than some of the others and could be developed more.

    For point eight, I think you could develop this further by explaining the role of passive agressive behaviours within toxic relationships.

    Finally, for point three I think it’s also important to remind readers to make sure that avoidance of texts and emails isn’t due to an underlying condition e.g. depression, before concluding that this person is toxic. Often with certain mental illnesses people can avoid all forms of social contact with others out of a need for escape. I’m personally guilty of this, and I think it’s important to mention this so that readers don’t misunderstand or come to the wrong conclusion about somebody.

    Ultimately, I enjoyed reading this even if it made me re-ananyze my friendships and relationships for a while! Great job.

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Written by Catherine Huang

Catherine Huang graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a BA in English. She has a penchant for storytelling, ramen, and psychology. Catherine is a writer for Psych2Go and looks forward to reaching out to its growing community, hoping to encourage others to tap into self-examination and confront life's challenges head on with the most difficult questions.

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