We all have to deal with toxic people in our lives. They can’t be entirely avoided, whether they be a boss, parent, or coworker. While nothing is ever ideal and compromise is needed, we need to be clear about how much we’re willing to put up with.

While toxic people should not be demonized (they obviously need help to change their unhealthy behavioral patterns), it’s important to distance yourself from them to maintain your own sanity. Engaging with their neuroses will take you down to their levels of thinking and being.

In this episode, I describe the key characteristics of five types of toxic people who drain your energy, who you should keep an eye out for and avoid at all costs.