When things don’t go as you expected or you’re facing some kind of difficulty, it’s normal to look at them in a negative light.
But your attitude toward these situations is part of what defines whether or not you have a strong personality who easily overcomes such things.
The problem is that you’re not always surrounded by the right people all the time, and the pessimistic attitudes of toxic people can cause you to feel even worse.
Toxic people aren’t able to appreciate the positive aspects around them and they focus instead on complicating things.
Being able to identify toxic people is very important because they can be your obstacle when you’re trying to find a solution to a difficult situation.
Odds are there’s someone toxic sitting next to you right now and you’re not even aware of it. If you don’t feel happy, maybe you should start trying to avoid these seven types of people in your life.
1. The opportunist
There are many types of opportunists, but we’ll focus on the two that are most common: manipulators and those who want pity.
The first takes advantage of their social status, skills, or abilities to make you feel inferior or dependent on them. They may adopt a dominant attitude to get you to fulfill their wishes, even if you don’t want to.
On the other hand, people who seek pity want to tap into your empathy to get you to help solve their problems for them, or compel you to help.
While it’s never wrong to help a friend who’s going through a difficult time it’s important to be wary when it becomes too frequent.
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2. Those who avoid responsibility
A person who is unable to recognize their mistakes or puts the responsibility and blame on others is a person who has a negative influence on your life.
Not only are they able to transmit that kind of attitude – at some point you’re likely to become their victim. These people are typically immature and lack the ability to face their own challenges or hardships.
If you don’t get away from them as quickly as possible, odds are they’ll load all of their problems and responsibilities on you.
3. People who don’t like you
Thanks to your lifestyle, your personality, or any other personal quality, there’s a chance that someone may not like you without even getting to know you.
In order to change that, some people try to make efforts that the other person will never even notice or care about.
There are others who may simply resent your presence.
That’s why, instead of looking for ways to make everyone like you, you need to focus on the people in your life who want to be there, unconditionally.
4. Those who can’t leave their comfort zone
If you want to lead a life that’s filled with adventure and new experiences, it’s best to set aside those people who aren’t willing to leave their comfort zone.
Such people are afraid of everything, and they’ll try to instill that fear of the unknown in you, as well.
5. People who point out your flaws
Everyone has flaws and sometimes it helps you overcome them and improve yourself if someone points them out.
However, you should be able to recognize the difference between a person who expresses their concerns honestly and in a constructive manner, and those who use your weaknesses as an opportunity to attack you.
If you know someone who is quick to point out and criticize your mistakes, but never seems to recognize your accomplishments, they’re the type of toxic person who is likely to eventually wear down your self-esteem.
6. People who fill you with doubt
Sometimes you need a person by your side to help point out the risks associated with certain situations or activities. There are toxic people who only seek to sow the seeds of doubt and block the desires of others, however.
They typically live their life in fear, staying in their comfort zone, and they want others to be that way too.
That’s why they might try to sabotage your actions, add to your insecurities, or fill you with negativity.
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7. Lazy people
Laziness is a highly contagious disorder. When you’re surrounded by people who have it, sooner or later it will catch up to you.
Even the strongest of people can fall into this trap when they’re constantly around those who don’t see the need to get anything done.
Interactions with lazy people who drag out all of their projects can cause your own productivity to decrease.
Once you’ve identified any of these types of toxic people in your life, it’s a good idea to start avoiding them to keep them from negatively influencing your decisions, work, or pleasure.
It’s not always easy to overcome their forms of manipulation, but it’s healthier for your overall emotional balance.