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7 Behaviors All Toxic People Display Within 5 Minutes Of Meeting Someone


People come in all shapes and sizes, and, unfortunately, there are these highly negative, draining, and insufferable people that can suck the energy and happiness out of you before you can even blink. Yes, you guessed it – the toxic people.

With billions of people in the world, it’s normal to come across this kind of people at one point or another during your lifetime. They literally lurk around every corner.  

These people are the masters of all manipulation tactics and mind games. They defy logic and they can poison your mind and heart within seconds.

To prevent a toxic person from manipulating you and filling you with negative energy, you need to be able to immediately recognize when you’re dealing with one. Fortunately, when it comes to this kind of people, first impressions do count.

Here are 7 behaviors toxic people display within 5 minutes of meeting someone:

1. They complain 24/7.

“The weather is too hot; the meal is too cold; the music is too loud; their job is lame; their partner is insanely jealous; their kids are so irritating; their boss is a pain in the *ss.” Their complaining never stops.

Being in the company of a toxic person can literally suck all the positive energy out of you and leave you feeling frustrated and exhausted. So, make sure you steer clear of them.

2. They expect you to treat them like they’re special.

Toxic people, especially narcissists, feel entitled to everyone’s attention, time, and praise. They consider themselves smarter, better, and more important than you and therefore expect you to treat them as such.

3. They gossip.

Gossip is meaningless and vile, but there are people who simply don’t agree with this. People who are toxic don’t mind spreading all kinds of lies about someone and talking bad things behind their back.

So, if you find yourself in the company of someone who talks sh*t about people they know nothing about, just ignore them and walk away.

4. They brag about their successes.

Toxic people can go on and on boasting about their skills, talents, accomplishments, and successes even when they meet you for the first time. They’ll brag about how smart, successful, and happy they are and what an amazing career they have.

They’ll spend hours teaching you lessons about how to do things because in their view, they know best.

The truth is that when someone behaves this way, they actually try to compensate for their shortcomings and prevent you from discovering those.

5. They expect you to please them.

Who doesn’t want to be happy? But toxic people think that other people exist to serve them and make them happy.  They don’t take “no” for an answer and they don’t hesitate to use you to get something done, especially if they notice that you’re kind and helping.

These people don’t mind asking you for favors, and if they see that you’re about to reject them, they’ll be quick to use all the manipulation tactics they know and get under your skin to get what they want from you.

 6. They have zero interest in your worries.

They’ll talk with you about all kinds of things, but they’ll never ask you how you’re feeling or whether you need help if they see you’re struggling with problems.

You can be angry, extremely sad, or even cry, but they won’t give a damn about it. They won’t care if you tell them that you need to take a day off because you or your child is sick, and they certainly won’t lift a finger to help you solve a problem. They’re simply incapable of feeling compassion for anyone. All they care about is themselves.

7. They make you feel bad.

Not only will they drain all your energy, but they’ll make you feel bad about yourself. They’ll make some cynical comments about your physical appearance or clothes and then they’ll tell you they were just joking. They’ll undermine the importance of your successes and make you feel like everything you have achieved in life is only a matter of pure luck and nothing else.

So, if you find yourself in the company of someone who is trying to put you down, either stand up for yourself and let them know that you’re not going to put up with their bullsh*t or walk away.