A lot of us don't realize how many toxic people we're involved with. But whether we can see it or not, the psychological toll of dealing with toxic people comes out in all different area of our lives. It's only when can recognize them that we can stop blaming ourselves for all the baggage they're putting on us — which is why we need to learn the signs we've got toxic people on our hands.
"Sometimes, people are afraid of being alone, so we stay in a relationship or friends with someone because 'at least we have somebody,'" Kimberly Hershenson, LMSW, an NYC-based therapist specializing in relationships, tells Bustle. "Sometimes, people feel they don't deserve better. We get comfortable with the status quo and just continue on the same path because change is hard! People also stay in toxic relationships because they think their intuition is wrong. We engage in denial and go on because it's easier than going through the pain of conflict."
We don't always have the option to cut all toxic people out of our lives, but it's a good idea to limit our engagement with them as much as we can. Dealing with toxic people takes its toll on you. If you notice any of these signs, it may be time to reassess who you spend your time with.