Toxic people weren’t always toxic. They may look like everyone else, disguised as a family member, partner and best friend.
Being around someone toxic for any length of time can leave us feeling emotionally exhausted. They are great manipulators, and skilled liars. They will control by guilt tripping us into believing we’re the ones at fault and won’t take responsibility for themselves.
Toxic people see themselves as the victim, without any concern for what we struggle with. What we struggle with and what they know about us, won’t register with them. Toxic people will rarely compliment and if they do, it’s usually a backhanded compliment.
They are jealous of anyone who is successful and to our face will ignore talking about our success. Toxic people are abusive, emotionally unhealthy and unsupportive people.
Toxic people will bring you down, so much that we begin to feel dependent on them for their opinion, sometimes doubting your own. They want you to feel sorry for them, be responsible for them and to fix their problems.
On your part, you will continue to make excuses for them. As you continue to believe and internalise their lies, what they tell you without question in turn will affect how you view yourself and your worth.