Our overarching piece of advice when it comes to toxic people, abusers and narcissists is to avoid them as much as possible. Try to exit a relationship with them, and minimise their impact on your life.
- Know your boundaries and stick to them
- Keep a record of anything decided
- Be polite and honest
- Don’t share confidences with them
- Avoid being a shoulder to cry on
- Be firm
Toxic people want their own way at any cost. So you’ll need to stand your ground when dealing with them. If you’re not giving them them what they want, they’ll try all kinds of underhand and emotionally manipulating tactics to get it. So be prepared and be firm.