Naysayers. Haters. Fake friends. People who feed off drama and negativity.

These are the people you want to avoid at all costs.

Some of them may be fine in small doses, but anyone who constantly drains your energy, or is abusive in any way, shouldn’t be part of your life.

And yes, you can learn to deal with them, or ignore them.

But sometimes their toxic attitude is so contagious it’s hard to be immune; and being emotionally detached seems like a superpower.

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5 worst types of toxic people

I’ve written an entire article about the 15 types of people to avoid, but here are five that are especially bad.

Fake friends

Any friendship that isn’t genuine will affect your mental health in one way or another.

Fake friends may talk behind your back, constantly ask for favors, be jealous, or make you feel uncomfortable for being yourself.

Fake friends can be insidious — always trust your gut and learn to spot the red flags sooner rather than later.


If you have big goals and dreams, don’t allow naysayers to kill your motivation. And even if you don’t have any goals in particular, avoid them.

Naysayers are often too afraid to do anything great in their own life, and their attitude simply reflects that.

They’ll tell you you can’t, shouldn’t, or won’t do whatever, and then come up with the most ridiculous reasons to justify their words.

Energy vampires

Did you know that some people feed on other people’s energy?

For example, have you ever spent a couple of hours with someone who made you feel super tired immediately after, while their mood and energy improved?

These are energy vampires. Some are relatively harmless (think compulsive talkers), but some can seriously interfere with your health.


Those with a narcissistic personality tend not to understand other people’s feelings. Empathy doesn’t exist for them.

Narcissists also tend to have an exaggerated sense of self-worth and self-importance.

They believe they are better than everybody else, and that somehow that justifies taking advantage of them. Abusive narcissists are some of the worst people you’ll ever meet.

Control freaks

Some people feel the need to control everything in their own life, which is bad enough.

But in some cases this extends to other people’s lives as well.

So if you’re in a relationship with a control freak, or even worse, if there are control freaks in your workplace, it can be a bit of a nightmare.

Tips to deal with toxic people

  • Be the best you can be. It may sound like it’s too good to be true, but trust me on this one: it’s very hard for toxic people to take advantage of people with a healthy self esteem. That’s why they usually target those who are needy, or insecure. Work on yourself, become the best you can be, and you’ll basically be immune.
  • Be emotionally detached. Energy vampires can feed off your energy only when you’re involved. If you’re not involved, there’s not much they can do. So whenever they bombard you with the latest drama, or bad news, or negativity — act like you don’t care. Don’t smile, don’t change your posture, and don’t comment on what they say.
  • Don’t be afraid to say no. Selfishness can be healthy, especially when dealing with toxic people. Life is short and your time is important, and you can’t afford to waste it with negative people. Say no, and don’t be afraid of people’s reaction, because their reaction will show you their true nature.

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