We all want to live our best life! Whether it’s cutting ties to a toxic family member, friendship, co-worker, or romantic partner—most of us have been there and can relate to that feeling of uneasiness and uncomfortableness because of a toxic relationship. Toxicity can be presented in many forms—particularly from individuals that may be close to us. Things and people aren’t always as they appear, and over time, they begin to show you their true colors.
Although there are more than five types of people in this world, the ones we’ve listed below are the most common faces of a toxic relationship. If you’ve formed any kind of relationship with those listed below, it may be wise to reflect on the importance of that relationship and how they make you feel in it. It’s time to put your foot down, and let them know—enough is enough! #letthathurtgosis
The narcissist tends to act like they are God’s most precious gift to the universe. They tend to believe they know absolutely everything, is the absolute best at everything—and isn’t afraid to let you know. Regardless of how much more smarter or even experienced you are, in the presence of this person, that all goes out of the window. A narcissistic person is extremely toxic to not only those they encounter, but themselves as well. A relationship shouldn’t feel like a competition between you and the other person—and that’s the overwhelming feeling you continuously get when interacting with them.
2. The “Yes Man”
A yes man, is exactly what it sounds like—a relationship where a friend doesn’t know how to say no, or give you sound advice, but instead tells you yes in every situation, regardless of if it’s right or not. You may be thinking, “what’s so bad about having this kind of relationship?” but trust me, this relationship is just as toxic as a narcissistic one. You need someone who is willing to correct you when you’re wrong, provide sound, accurate and honest advice, and to simply keep it real—check you on your bull****. If you’re constantly surrounding yourself with someone who is bringing you stagnancy by being a yes man, you need to leave them in the past—and move on fast!
3. The Critic
Have you ever been in a relationship where you felt continuously judged and criticized for every little thing you did or didn’t do? Criticism is extremely different than advice, and it’s important that you are able to distinguish between the two. Being criticized causes you to feel ridiculed and belittled—where does that spell out friendship?! A critic can bring about a lot of toxicity into any relationship. Although a critic may not insult you directly with an insulting name, they tend to insult things such as your appearance, beliefs and thoughts. Because they are unhappy with themselves, they find every excuse to berate and hinder you.
4. The Inconvenient-Convenient
This type of relationship is somewhat different from the others. An inconvenient-convenient person is someone who only makes time or plans to hang out with you when it’s convenient for them, but not so convenient for you. They tend to guilt-trip you for not spending time with them, however when you are available to catch up, they’re nowhere to be found. These kind of relationships will drain you over a period of time, and once you’ve had enough– there will be no turning back.
5. The Passive-Aggressor
Passive-aggression occurs when a person is indirectly trying to convey a message, and makes you feel like you are always walking on eggshells when you’re around them. Passive-aggressive individuals tend to be loaded with sarcasm, backhanded compliments, and denies their feelings. Being around a passive-aggressive individual causes you to unknowingly analyze everything you do just to make sure you aren’t doing any wrong to them. If a person is unable to communicate in a straightforward manner, tends to use sarcasm as a scapegoat and defense mechanism, constantly sends you mixed signals and messages—it’s time for you to drop them and detox them from your life ASAP!