Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Words of Wisdom 2

Wednesday's are now my Words of Wisdom posts. These will be brief posts (as opposed to my normal long ramblings). In essence I will share with you something I've discovered, read or learnt during the week.

I've been talking a lot about enthusiasm this week and the need to surround yourself with positive people, so when I found this post during the week, it made sense to share it.

We all need to know how to recognise and avoid toxic personalities. I've provided a snippet from the post - there's another 6 to discover (or avoid) on Brett's Blog if you want to go check them out.

Manipulative Mary: These individuals are experts at manipulation tactics. Is a matter of fact, you may not even realize you have been manipulated until it is too late. These individuals figure out what your ‘buttons’ are, and push them to get what they want.

Why they are toxic: These people have a way of eating away at your belief system and self-esteem. They find ways to make you do things that you don’t necessarily want to do and before you know it, you lose your sense of identity, your personal priorities and your ability to see the reality of the situation. The world all of a sudden becomes centered on their needs and their priorities.

Debbie Downers: These people can’t appreciate the positive in life. If you tell them that it is a beautiful day, they will tell you about the impending dreary forecast. If you tell them you aced a mid-term, they’ll tell you about how difficult the final is going to be.

Why they are toxic: They take the joy out of everything. Your rosy outlook on life continues to get squashed with negativity. Before you know it, their negativity consumes you and you start looking at things with gray colored glasses yourself.

I'm doing everything within my power to avoid ever being one of these toxic personalities - maybe I'll settle for being a 'Fabulous Fi' instead. What about you?

Cheers, Fi

Realise that toxic people can drain your health, energy, well being and sanity. It helps to move away from toxic people and move towards people who are positive and uplifting. Positive people are a blessing. ~ Danielle Barone

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