Sometimes we have to love people from afar.

We’ve all experienced individuals who are counterproductive to our growth and mental well-being. And unfortunately, they all come with just enough redeeming qualities for us to allow them to linger in our lives longer than they should.

However, at some point, we all want a break from the negativity. And when you do, here are 6 types of people that you will need to glean from your life.

  1. The Judge

We all make mistakes, and no one needs an imitation Judge Judy tagging along telling them how to live their life. Constructive criticism is helpful, and even needed at times. But flat out judging people is out of line.

If the people in your life can’t lend helpful advice without making you feel like the scum of the earth, then it may be time to distance yourself.

  1. The Hater

You know them as the “friend” that always has something negative to say. If you buy a new car they want to know why you didn’t spring for the LS. If you lose a few pounds they go out of their way to remind you that they thought you looked better chunkier. No matter what you do, it is never good enough for them.

Sometimes haters masquerade as being honest, but in reality they’re nothing more than toxic individuals eager to bring you down. Who needs that?

  1. The User

Have you ever known someone who only comes around when they need something? If so, there’s no doubt about it – they’re a user.

True friends don’t begin the majority of their sentences with “will you”, “can I” or “do you”. But don’t be confused, users not only take away from you financially, they deplete you emotionally as well.

Some people continuously weigh you down with their drama, but when you need a shoulder to cry on, they’re nowhere to be found. If you have people like this in your life, you may want to reevaluate that relationship. Today.

  1. The Malcontent

This one can be tricky because we all are guilty of complaining. Sometimes, it just feels good to debrief with someone. But if you have people in your circle whose life’s mantra seems to always be “woe is me”, that can be a red flag.

Energy is transferrable, that means negative energy too. The last thing you need in life is a ‘Negative Nancy’. Whether it is intentional or not, they essentially take you away from your happy place.

  1. The Gossip

As the saying goes, if someone will gossip to you, they’ll gossip about you.

But being around gossips has more negatives than just being the victim of their latest slander. There are real character flaws involved with people who like to sling dirt. Do you really want to align yourself with those characteristics?

If there’s any truth to the phrase “you are the company you keep”, you should separate yourself from gossips as soon as possible.

  1. The Manipulator

Manipulators only care about one person – themselves. Their own interests are always first and foremost, and more often than not, manipulators will stop at nothing to get their needs met. The good thing is: it’s never too late to give them their walking papers.

Life is too short to entertain people who truly don’t have your best interest at heart.

I am sure you know a few people who fit into these categories, and if you’re really unlucky you may know someone that fits into all six.

It can be hard to let go of people in your life, but sometimes it’s imperative. If or when the person in question decides to leave the negativity behind, you can always pick up where you left off.

But until then, it’s best to bid them farewell.

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