11 Types Of Toxic People You Should Completely Avoid.

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For the sake of your mental health, emotional and physical well-being, you should do well to avoid these 11 types of toxic people.


First things first, you need to recognize that a person is toxic, which is not as simple as it sounds and may take a long time. Then you need to determine what type of person they are, and what drives their behaviors, so you can figure out how to deal with them or remove them from your life when possible.

Here are some different types of toxic people:

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Types Of Toxic People You Should Definitely Avoid

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1. Narcissists

The narcissists, I can confidently say are one of the most dangerous types of toxic people you need to completely avoid and chase out of your life for good.

Narcissists are people who lack empathy or consideration for others, except when acting so is in their own selfish interest. In practice, what this means is that they feel superior to others, and in various ways exert pressure to make you feel that is true.

Early in a relationship, these behaviors will not be obvious, as narcissists are clever and calculating. Ultimately, however, you will find yourself questioning your own beliefs, as pressure is applied to make you do so.

You will completely lose yourself and question your state of mental health on a daily basis when you are involved with this type of toxic person.

2. Better-Thans

Better-Thans, also known as Know-Alls, have a self-inflated ego. They have the need to make other people feel inferior and are often smug. These people live to impress others and will talk at length about themselves, their achievements, and their belongings without being asked. They like to compare and talk down the achievements of others.

There is always that one friend or family member who will make you feel like you do not matter. As long as they think they think their achievements and life is better than yours, they will always want to push it “down your throat and ears” whether you like it or nay.

If you are to completely avoid toxic people, these types of toxic people should definitely top your list!

You matter and your achievements matter also.

3. Controllers

Also called straight jackets, the controllers want to be in control of everyone, from everything you say, do, or even think. While they may not be as deeply affected as a narcissist, they are very dogmatic and not open to alternative viewpoints. Controllers are bossy and need to be always right. When they want anything, they will make sure to get their way, crushing everything in their path.

They are arrogant and feel that they are the smartest person in the room. They will crush your ideas and win over any disagreements. When you disagree with them, they will try to convince you to believe they are right and are easily aroused to anger if you disagree.

Their word is the law.

I sincerely hope never to have this kind of toxic person as a boss or a life partner and I hope you don’t too.

Just imagine all that negative vibes blowing off these types of toxic people!

Enough to do one in!

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4. Passives

The passives can keep you guessing all the time. You don’t know what their real message or desire is. They may say they are not upset or angry, but their actions can indicate otherwise. Some passives will always be late and don’t contribute much to conversations. They also let other people do the hard work.

Passives as toxic people can be very ungrateful and “unfeeling”.

5. Spiritual Vampires

Also known as the emotional moocher, the spiritual vampire sucks your energy, making you feel emotionally drained when you’re with them. They send bad vibes and negative energy. They always have something bad to say, ruining the good mood around them and bringing everyone down.

My country is filled with these types of toxic people. Spiritual vampires in the form of pastors and prophets who never seem to see anything good for and about you but will always talk about gloom and doom.

They have led many people astray and will still lead more into doom. The scary part of these sets of toxic people is that in most cases, they are all false pastors and prophets seeking to loot not only your money but literally remove the very essence of life from you.

I haven’t been to Church for years after almost being raped by two different pastors under the guise of spiritual cleansing. Yes, you read that right. Now, I serve God in my home and in my heart.

Spiritual vampires are definitely types of toxic people you should completely AVOID.

6. Critics

You will never do right with these types of toxic people.


No matter what you do, the critics will make you feel judged and almost certainly criticized. They can always spot an error, making you feel that you are not doing anything right. They can often belittle you as a person, instead of only constructively pointing out the error.

7. Drama Magnets

Drama magnets never run out of problems. They will always want you to sympathize and empathize with them, to show that you support them, but they never listen to any of your advice. They always play victim, complain, and blame others for their problems, which most often result from poor decisions. They choose to suffer instead of learning from their misfortunes.

These types of toxic people could be friends. Friends who feel you have everything and your life figured out and wants to complain about how bad their lives are, and how they are suffering but will never listen to any advice you give them to help solve “their problems”.

Avoid these toxic people like a plague.

That is what I do.

8. Fibbers

The fibbers or the liars keep telling lies one after another. It’s true that some lies are not harmful, but the fibbers keep on telling small lies, by habit or compulsion.

When you can’t trust them with the little things, it’s hard to believe them and trust them for something bigger or more important. Relationship dishonesty can drain you because you will always doubt anything they say.

Chronic liars are toxic people you should deliberately and consciously avoid. By all means.

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9. Parasites

The parasite sticks around you because they want something from you. They tend to suck your energy and emotions without you noticing it at first. They use you for their selfish interests. They latch on to your life and play on your sympathetic emotions.

This is a one-way relationship – there is little gained by you, and much by them. They can be physically and financially draining.

As a matter of fact, with these types of toxic people, you never gain anything. They will suck the “blood” out of you just like parasites.

10. The Social Media Pretender

For me, this type tops the chart of the types of toxic people to avoid. I had an encounter with a dude on Facebook and each time I remember it, I still marvel.

Yes, the experience was/is that shocking.

Imagine a fine man, with a great following of women (didn’t realize this until later) dishing out great relationship advice, beautiful motivational quotes, making prayers, sharing videos of himself singing worship songs, seemingly “holy ghost filled” and all those do-good things you see “good people” post on social media.

I liked him. A lot and then I told him. Long story short, I discovered within a month of talking with him that he is just a social media pretender, a gigolo looking for rich women to live off, of.

This type of person you should definitely include in your list of types of toxic people you’d like to avoid.

They are bad news. Especially for young single, hardworking women.

11. The One-Sided Friend

Haaaa, the one-sided friend. I seem to have a knack for these kinds of friends. Either that or I am just unlucky when it comes to friendships. That one-sided friend who wants and expects you to always be there for them but can never and will never be seen during your time of need is one of the types of toxic people you should definitely avoid at all costs.

A one-sided friendship is no friendship. A true friendship is one in which both parties are invested and not where there is literally a parasite and the other one, a honeycomb.

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Types of Toxic People You Should Totally Avoid.

Conclusion On The Types Of Toxic People To Completely Avoid

If you ask me, I would say narcissists are the most dangerous on the list of these types of toxic people you should completely do away with. That does not however mean that the other types of toxic people are not dangerous and shouldn’t be avoided. I am at a place in my life where a see a spade for what it is and do away with it if it needs to be. Your mental well-being should be protected at all costs and avoiding these types of toxic people will definitely do just that! Are there any other types of toxic people you think should be on the list? Let me know in the comment section below and I will definitively include them!

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Jennifer Pompaski
Jennifer Pompaski

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