10 Ways to Spot a Toxic Person in Your Life

5. They rarely admit their own feelings to you.

Instead, they make it seem as though their emotions are your own. This is called projecting, in which the individual projects their thoughts and feelings onto you, rather than taking full ownership and responsibility of them. You may find yourself in a situation where they are upset, but they will accuse you of being angry at them. They’ll be underhanded about it and sneak in phrases like, “Why are you angry at me?” or “You’ve been upset with me this entire week.” Instead of disclosing their feelings honestly and openly with you, they keep you at arm’s length and shut down every explanation you provide, even though it’s not even a situation you are responsible for justifying.

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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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