Have you ever returned from work or a social gathering feeling completely worn out because you were around a group of negative people whose only work was to let you down and spread negative vibes? In a situation like this, all you would have wanted is to avoid the negative thoughts they’re putting inside your mind and their presence.

We’ve all experienced these interactions where we feel fully and utterly exhausted as soon as we walk away, if not before. That’s why you must learn to steer clear of the web of negative people to avoid being dragged down by the wave of negativity. It’s crucial to surround yourself with positive people. We all understand, however, that it isn’t always possible, mainly because we cannot pick our family members or coworkers.

Having said that, there are ways we can approach circumstances positively and prevent negativity from obscuring our judgement. 

Here, I’ll assist you in learning about the many “categories” and five suggestions in this piece for dealing with negative individuals so they don’t get inside your head.

Types Of Negative People That Drain Your Energy

1. The Opportunist

This person has an egocentric nature. They are skilled manipulators who disregard other people’s sentiments to achieve their goals. Opportunists frequently explain their behaviour to make sense of it. 

Additionally, they benefit from playing the victim card. Humans frequently become muddled by their emotions. The sensitive and caring are what the opportunist feeds on. Opportunists are silent hurricanes with a great destructive force that rips away our life. They steal, make intimidation attempts, and insult.

The best course of action if you encounter this type of individual is to be forceful, avoid getting involved in their drama and establish boundaries. Opportunists dislike the word “no”. They take advantage of people they know will do them favours.

2. The Gossiper Mongerer

Self-conscious people circulate rumors and gossip about others. They feel better because of this negativity. A harmful element in any gathering of people is the gossiper. 

They frequently embellish the truth as they feed on other people’s sorrows and errors. To gain attention, they rip and pull from every source they can. These people fabricate tales out of boredom, a desire for dominance and control, jealousy, retaliation, and fame.

The best action you can take is to refrain from using their accounts. Ask no questions. They need to stop their nonsense when they begin to talk about someone else. With their remarks, gossip causes harm to three people: themselves, the listener, and the subject of their gossip.

If you don’t stop their story, you can be the next target on their list.

3. The Blamers

This one you’re familiar with. Everyone is surrounded by one. The victimhood personality type belongs to the blamers. They don’t take much ownership of their actions. 

They accuse everyone and anything in their immediate vicinity. The martyr is also this. Blamers are unrestrained and have extremely low self-esteem. This personality will go to great lengths to shift responsibility away from themselves. 

The best course of action if you encounter this kind of individual is to change the subject, take leadership of the discussion by challenging everything, and reiterate that they have responsibility. The only person for whom you are accountable is yourself. Please don’t let this persona use your insecurities to fuel them. Everybody makes errors, which is why the accuser likes it.

Everyone makes mistakes, and this is where the person who places responsibility loves to cast blame elsewhere.

4. The Nagger

Does your office have one of these? You may identify them by the theatrical woe-is-me attitude they are displaying. Listening and seeking clarity is necessary for coping with this kind of person. The questioning could make them feel like a victim, but it’s the only way to get to the heart of the matter. 

You ought to take issue with the complainant. Do not also express regret to them. You must be serious and supportive and keep your distance from the situation. Distancing naggers makes them more motivated to complain. They make sure that everyone nearby is subjected to some bad news since they can’t help but crave attention.

5. The Commander

These people make a lot of demands. Giving up your desire to please others and being open and honest with the commander can help you deal with them.

Setting clear boundaries and communicating them honestly and directly is what I advise. Describe your priorities and when you have time for other activities. Make sure to make yourself comfortable and energized by making an effort to accommodate them. It will simply irritate you, which will irritate you even more with them.

Don’t avoid or disregard them. Don’t let on that you don’t want to meet with these people. Tell them you want to meet with yourself instead. A little bit of clarification goes a long way. In the short run, they might be furious, but in the long run, they might be understanding. Establishing limits is essential. Otherwise, you can find it exhausting.

6. The Supervisor

They just want you to follow their instructions.

It is one of the most difficult and harmful qualities to manage. They have control over who and how their loved ones spend their time. It becomes a power battle where we compromise our ego to satisfy theirs, even if we disagree with them. Even if we don’t think they are kind, we strive to be polite to them and do as they ask.

Doing what you want is one approach to handling this. It doesn’t mean to act spitefully but to follow your judgement and will.

7. The Critic

“I think this piece needs more colour,” you say. No! This is not some kind of art critic offering original advice to enhance your work. This creature, on the other hand, is altogether much darker. 

The critic has criticism for everything, including your job, your appearance, and even your favourite mug. They can often do this in a way that doesn’t seem all that offensive initially, but over time, these little remarks can truly undermine your sense of self-worth.

How To Set Boundaries with Negative People In Your Life

Since you know all the people you should keep away from, you must also know what to do in their presence. Here are a few strategies to defend your heart and mind from harmful people because you must secure yourself from them at all costs.

1. Avoid Negative People As Much As Possible

Try to limit your contact if feasible. Negative people can only exist if you let them. Say “No” when they invite you to a movie, restaurant, or other social function. You are in charge of your life; you don’t need someone toxic to pour their venom on you.

2. Refrain From Giving Negative People Emotional Space In Your Life

In some circumstances, it is simpler to establish an emotional barrier than in others. When it’s your spouse or a relative, it could be difficult. But it might be time to reconsider some things if you’re in the incorrect emotional place because you’re sharing it with a toxic individual.

3. Define Your Boundaries Clearly

You would benefit if you established boundaries in every aspect of your life. Negative individuals and negative energy will tramp all over you if you don’t have such protections. Set boundaries and demand that no one crosses them without your consent.

4. When You Can’t Avoid Negative People, Take Care Of Yourself

You must make sure to look for yourself. It may be draining to be with folks who seem to suck the life from you. So, maintaining mental health requires acquiring the right kind of self-care. Keep in mind that the physical and mental halves of you frequently interact, so you want to make sure both are in good shape.

5. Respect Your Needs

Do you know all those aches and pains you experience around these pessimistic people? It is, after all, your body’s alarm system. If you paid attention to what your body was trying to tell you, it would help. Your intuitive side is telling you to stay away from that queasy feeling in the pit of your stomach. True friends pick you up, so you don’t want to be around individuals who make you feel worse.

Love From Your Coach

Removing negative people from your life is the best gift you can give yourself.

These days, it’s difficult to find genuine friends who will support you in the same way that they expect you to support them. To make your life fulfilling, though, you need companions. You can avoid drama whether you’re engaged, married, or have relatives or friends who are generally unfavourable.

In your life, you get to make the decisions. If you let them, you can only be mistreated, abused, and controlled by others. When you realise a person is toxic and detrimental, it’s time to let them go and find someone else.

Find a coach and surround yourself with individuals who will support you through good times and bad, help you up when you fall, and lend you a shoulder to cry on.

– Never forget that you have nothing to do with how other people behave. Keep your distance from their annoyances and resist the need to take responsibility for them. 

– Don’t accuse, presume, or confront them. It rarely works to advise someone to “stop being so negative.” Give this person the empathy and compassion you would like to receive.

– Set clear boundaries for yourself. Make it known when someone misbehaves. People will take advantage of your views, time, and energy if you don’t stand up for them.

– Find out what makes you feel good. This may include specific individuals, TV series, literature, exercise, self-care, etc. Look for these things frequently, especially if you feel like other people are using up all of your energy. 

Additionally, walk away if someone else’s negative vibe affects your happiness.

FAQ

1. What makes a person negative?

All negativity stems from one of three ingrained fears: fear of being disrespected by others, not being loved by others, or worry that “bad things” will occur.

2. Can a negative person become a positive person?

It is possible to change your negative thoughts to positive ones. The procedure is straightforward, but it does require time and practice because, after all, you’re forming a new habit.

3. How can I tell if I have negative energy?

The following are some indicators of negative energy: continual criticism of others. It indicates bad energy in you when you constantly unleash your wrath on other people. At first, it could feel fantastic, but over time, it might make you anxious or hurt your relationships.

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