Toxic people are everywhere, and most of us know at least one or two. We may live with them, work with them, lead them, or know them socially. And if you’ve ever spent time with truly toxic people, you already know how destructive and exhausting they can be.
Just as with any kind of toxin, you need to limit your exposure and keep yourself protected. But a critical first step is to recognize when a person is toxic. Unfortunately, toxic people don’t come with a warning label–but there are things you can look for.
Just like toxins in your air, water, or food, toxins in the people around you can cause serious harm but they don’t come with a warning label. Here’s a rundown of what to look out for so you can keep yourself safe.