Toxic People: 20 Signs & Traits Of Toxic People To Look Out For

Toxic people are not the best people to hang around with. Here are signs of toxicity to look out for so that you can avoid them.

By Dagmar Thomson
Toxic People: 20 Signs & Traits Of Toxic People To Look Out For

20 Signs and Traits of Toxic People to Look Out For

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You will be surprised to find that toxic people are everywhere. You can find them at work, at the gym, at your favorite café, or even one of your family members who just want to mess with your life. It is never easy to spot toxic people. The thing you should know is that there are signs and traits that can help you to recognize toxic people. It is hard dealing with these types of toxic people. The good thing about being toxic is that it is like a disorder; it has characteristics that are known and easy to recognize. Toxic people are impossible to deal with, unpleasant, negative, and they cannot benefit your life. When you get to know the signs and traits of toxic people, then you will find ways of dealing with them and if possible eliminate them from your life. Here are some signs and traits that types of toxic people have in common.

1.They Are Self-Centered

 

Being self-centered is one of the signs and characteristics that toxic people have. Toxic people always think about themselves and have no time to put other people first. Toxic people always find a way to talk about themselves and can do this for a long time without even being interested in what the people close to them are doing or fairing. Toxic people will not care about your feelings and do not care to know what you are dealing with. One of the negative traits of toxic people is that they put themselves first, their needs and what they hope to accomplish. Toxic people always find a way to manipulate you to do what they want.
 

In friendship, this disorder can be recognized when you are dealing with negative people who want you to do something for them even if it inconveniences you. Toxic people will find ways to put you down like criticizing your work, appearance or even your traits. At work, signs of toxic people are those who will find a way of keeping you at work when they know you have other things to do like picking up your child from school. These negative types of people will give you extra work to do during your break or even ensure that you do not get promoted at work and remain in the same position.
 

If you notice that either people around you at work or at home have one of this signs, then do not think about trying to talk to them. It will be a waste of your time dealing with such a person. All you can do is to try to reduce the time you spend with such toxic people.

2.Drama Follows Them

 

One of the signs of toxic people is that they are always surrounded by drama. There are people who always seem like bad luck is part of their lives. You can find that they are robbed, they lose clothes at the dry cleaners, they get food poisoning, or their partner cheats on them. Well, you should be cautious when people around you tend to have bad luck. This is one of the traits of toxic people. One of the characteristics of toxic people is that they love the attention they get from such drama. Toxic people can make something bad to happen to them so that all the attention and sympathy is on their side. These types of negative people live for drama. People with such a disorder will ensure that the people around them are not happy because they will always relive their drama. If you know such toxic people just make sure to stay away from their negative energy.

3.They Are Extremely Eager

 

Anyone knows that for any relationship to work, it requires time and space for the people involved. When you find that, there are people who are always in a hurry to get to know you or you want to start a business relationship with them and they want it to grow quickly, then that is one of the signs of toxic people. Toxic people will always make you feel stressed and pressured when they want to create a relationship with you. They do not care about the needs and feelings of the people they want to be involved with at the moment. Toxic people are usually narcissist and selfish. This allows them to be able to ignore the requests of the person they are starting a relationship with at that time. When you get into a relationship with toxic people, you should know that it will never work out. Whenever you encounter toxic people, avoid them as much as possible and avoid any relationship with them.

4.They Are Evasive

 

Most people always say the truth and they will be straightforward. When you ask them a question however hard it is, they will give you the answer you want. This is not the case when it comes to toxic people. Toxic people will always avoid saying the truth and will even lie without thinking twice about it. Toxic people will not be straightforward when answering a question. They will twist the truth and even change the topic that you become confused and forget what you had asked them in the first place. It is a sign that you are dealing with toxic people. Being evasive is a common method that toxic people use to take control of a situation and control the people around them. Toxic people will harm anyone who wants to get in their way of succeeding. If you have encountered people who avoid giving you a straight answer, who make a simple project appear complicated, or who change the topic when you ask them something, then you are definitely dealing with toxic people.

5.They Are Rude To Others

 

Toxic people can be very charismatic to the people around them but only if it helps them. When toxic people want something from you, they will be wonderful and lovely to you. The attention that you get from toxic people can make you feel like you are the center of their universe. However, you should know that this is all an act, which will change once they get what they want. The best way to know if the people close to you are toxic is to just simply observe how they treat the people around them who are not of any use to them at any time. Toxic people will be rude to people who mean nothing to them. This is how they will start to treat you once you stop being useful to them.

6.Never Letting Go Is One of the Signs of Toxic People

 

In one time or another in your life, you have had bad things happen to you. They have made you feel angry, sad, blame yourself, or even question yourself. After you go through any of the emotions, you move on to other positive things. This is what people who are not toxic do. One of the signs to know toxic people is when they do not let go of bad things in their lives. Toxic people love to dwell on the negative things and love the attention it brings them. They may act devastated but in reality, they are enjoying every minute of it. Toxic people will prolong bad events in their lives and in the process make the people around them to feel depressed. Be careful of people close to you who act this way because they are toxic.

7.Toxic People Never Have Good Things to Say about Other People

 

Each and everyone has bad and good things that are part of their lives. Most people will tend to focus on the good things about a person because that is how people should be in order to interact and make friendships. However, toxic people are very different. They do not know the difference between harmless gossip and saying bad things about other people. One of the signs of toxic people is that they never have anything good to say about other people. Toxic people are always happy to bring other people down. Never let toxic people influence you to start saying bad things about other people. If you do this, do not be surprised when the same toxic people say bad things about you behind your back.

8.Always Acting As a Victim Is One of the Signs of Toxic People

 

Bad things and accidents will always happen to you because that is part of life. How you react when the bad things happen will determine your character. Toxic people love blaming other people and acting as a victim even when it was their fault. This is one of the signs of toxic people. Toxic people will blame other people when they are late for a meeting, they do not get a promotion, they do not meet their deadline, or they miss a bus. They will always have someone to place their blame on and make them appear as victims. If you have such toxic people surrounding you, be careful because you might be to blame for something bad in their lives.

9.They Are Short Tempered

 

Many people have been victims of easily losing their temper at one time in their lives. This does not mean that they are toxic people. However, how they act after losing their temper will determine if they are toxic or not. When you notice that someone tends to lose their temper because of even very minute things, then this is one of the signs of toxic people. Toxic people tend to get angry very quickly especially when things do not go the way they want. Their anger will not subside until they get what they want. Such people are toxic to you and you should not interact with such people.

10.They Always Act Stressed Out

 

Stress is part of everyone’s life. You can never go about life without encountering some stress. When you find that certain people tend to exaggerate their stress and even make it appear bigger than it is, then those are toxic people. Toxic people always want to be the center of attention and will do anything to achieve that. They can even pretend to be stressed out so that people can sympathize with them. This is a sign that toxic people tend to show.

11.They Are Controlling

 

When you find that there are certain people in your life who love to tell you how you should act, what you should say, or do, then this is one of the signs that they are toxic people. Toxic people love to control everyone around them. This can make them appear like they have a manipulative character. Toxic people love having control and treating people like puppets. When you feel like you do certain things because of the influence of others, then you should cut them out of your life because they are toxic people.

12.You Get a Bad Feeling about Them

 

There are times when you get either a good or a bad feeling about something and it never fails you. The same applies to people. There are people that you can meet and you get a feeling that tells you that they are either good or bad. This feeling is always brought about by your intuition and it is never wrong. When you interact with certain people and you get a bad feeling about them, then follow your instinct. You could be getting this feeling because they are toxic people. Toxic people tend to have negative energy surrounding them and this could be what you are sensing.

13.They Are Not Trustworthy

 

The people close to you like your family and friends are people that you can trust and you feel confident to tell them your secrets. When you find that certain people in your circle are disclosing some of the secrets you told them, this should tell you that they are toxic people. Toxic people love it when they hurt other people. Therefore, when they learn or are told secrets, they will not keep them but will find a way to disclose them. If you find that they're people you cannot trust, then you should know that they are toxic people.

14.They Are Parasites

 

Toxic people are those who love to take advantage of other people’s generosity and do not give anything in return. When you find that there are certain people in your life who act this way, just know that they are toxic people. Just find a way to slowly remove them from your life.

15.They Are Bullies

 

If you know of people who love to bully others using their emotions or secrets, you should know that they are toxic people. They love it when they hurt others and even damage them psychologically.

16.They Are Inconsistent

 

Toxic people are very hard to understand. There will be instances when you will feel like they are your friends and there are times when they give you a cold shoulder. When certain people in your life make you feel this way, just be rid of them because they are bad for you.

17.They Are Pessimistic

 

When you find that there are people in your life who are never positive about anything in their lives, then know that they are toxic people. Toxic people always believe that bad things are going to happen to them and this makes those around them to have a negative attitude.

18.Toxic People Think They Are Always Right

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One sign that you are dealing with toxic people is that they are always right. Toxic people cannot stand the idea that they could ever be wrong. It does not matter how small the matter is, toxic people will argue with you until you get tired and give up. Your point of view even if you are right does not matter to these negative people. This disorder of toxic people makes them want to be right even if it affects or breaks relationships with other people close to them. One of the characteristics of toxic people is that they will even take a small issue to court just to prove a point that they are right. Some of the types of small issues that toxic people can pursue until they win are like fighting over a land boundary, neighbor’s trees shedding leaves on their lawn or even neighbor’s dog barking. If you ever come across toxic people with such characteristics, be ready for a fight that you will never win. These types of negative people have characteristics that make them harsh. They are determined to make other people around them to feel bad. Toxic people can even go to the point of lying and changing facts to be in their favor. Therefore, avoid getting into a conflict with people with such a disorder because you will be the loser even if you are right.

19.Lying Is One of the Signs of Toxic People

 

One of the signs of toxic people is that they are always surrounded by drama. There are people who always seem like bad luck is part of their lives. You can find that they are robbed, they lose clothes at the dry cleaners, they get food poisoning, or their partner cheats on them. Well, you should be cautious when people around you tend to have bad luck. This is one of the traits of toxic people. One of the characteristics of toxic people is that they love the attention they get from such drama. Toxic people can make something bad to happen to them so that all the attention and sympathy is on their side. These types of negative people live for drama. People with such a disorder will ensure that the people around them are not happy because they will always relive their drama. If you know such toxic people just make sure to stay away from their negative energy.

20.They love to covet

 

Toxic people will never be satisfied with what they have. When you find that there are people who become bitter when you get something they do not have, just know that they are toxic people. They will never be happy for you and always want what you have in your life.
 

Having toxic people in your life can be bad for you and those close to you. These types of people love destruction and being the center of attention. If there are such kinds of people in your life, just find a way to be rid of them. They could be the cause of your failure or unhappiness. Avoid them and have a more meaningful, and fulfilled life.

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