Remember that people can either inspire you or drain you – you just need to choose wisely. Here in Singapore, you are not coerced into a relationship you do not want. Now the challenge really is how to choose your friends, colleagues and acquaintances wisely. You have to look closely and rid yourself of people that will drain you.

Toxic people will surely undermine your self-confidence and spread negativity. It is time that you look for positive stimuli in your life so you can survive this jungle. Do not shut off everyone completely. Here are the types of toxic people that you will meet in your life:

Those that are like sponges

There are those that are like sponges – absorbing all your time. This may be a friend or a colleague. They will repeatedly take hold of your time like robbers. They take everything and never returning anything. In any relationship, it should be give and take.

Those that criticize too often

There is nothing wrong if you get positive criticism at times but you have to be careful if that person is engaging in relentless criticism of you and other people. If you notice that the criticism is not at all constructive or positive, it is time that you leave that relationship.

Those that are negative thinkers

Life is a mix of positive and negative things but some people see everything negatively no matter the circumstance. You have to keep away from these people because negativity is like a contagious disease. You cannot just get “vaccinated” and live with it. If you are with these kinds of people, you will be dragged into the abyss.

Those that snap easily

It is normal that you will snap but there are others who snap easily and you should avoid them. Letting off their steam is important and they do not care who or when they will burst.

Those that do not show compassion

Friendship is nothing without compassion. If your friend do not show compassion, that is the time that you have to let it go. Compassion means lending an ear or understanding one’s problem and if your friend is short of compassion, you will be left holding everything.

Those who lie

You will have no normal conversation with a friend who lies. Dishonesty hurts more than anything else and it is time that you should avoid people who constantly lie to you to save their asses.

Now that you know the types of toxic people you will meet at some point in your life, it is up to you if you let them influence how you see life.