Friendships are important for a healthy and fulfilling life. However, do you have a friend who always makes you feel depressed, angry or just plain tired? Is he or she a Critic, an Energy Zapper, a Taker, or a Drama Queen or King? If so, you likely have a toxic friend on your hands. Consider this: Are your friends really your friends? Are they supporting and enhancing your life, or are they teaching you to think and behave in darker ways that you normally would? The company you keep is so important to consider even as an adult. Friends will change and influence you in more ways than you might realize. You may spend hours upon hours with these friends and after a while you start to mimic their behavior. If your friends (or just one particular friend) are excessive drinkers, drug users, highly critical or judgmental, over eaters, or smokers -- ask yourself if you want to emulate this behavior. In life, each of us has to take responsibility for our own actions. Toxic people don’t do this. They have a habit of turning things around so that you feel bad, you feel guilty, and you feel like you are at fault. Remember that when dealing with a toxic person, they typically do not take responsibility for their actions and words. Realize this and you take back your power.
Life Coach Jenn A. Nocera of Formula for Excellence will help us identify several examples of toxic friends and explain how they can have an adverse effect our lives. She’ll also offer some suggestions on how to jettison those toxic friends. The most important thing to remember is that you have the power to stop a toxic person by controlling your own actions and reactions. After the interview, please check After Hours at Jersey Coastal Live for additional information.
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