749: How to Handle Toxic Relationships


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About This Episode

How can toxic people make you feel like you are losing your mind, what can they do to turn your coworkers and friends against you, and what is the best way to deal with them before the damage gets out of control, potentially leading you to lose a job, a relationship, or even your friends.

What to Listen For

  • Why is it so important to remove toxic people from your professional or personal social circle?
  • What two proven ways can you use to remove toxic people from your life?
  • How can a toxic person make you doubt your decision to cut them out?
  • How do toxic people work to turn your friends and coworkers against you?
  • What is gas lighting and how do toxic people use it against you to make you feel like you are losing your sanity?
  • What are the signs you can look for to know when you are being gas lit and what should you do if your recognize these signs today?
  • How do you go about dealing with toxic family members to remove their toxic influence on you?
  • What can you do to deal with toxic coworkers since how you handle it could impact your job security?

It’s one thing to understand the behaviors of toxic individuals so you can recognize them immediately and prevent them from getting deep enough in your life to cause any real damage. Many of you, however, might just now be identifying which of the relationships in your life are indeed toxic, and that can make it a significantly more delicate and difficult problem to address.

It is crucial to approach the problem as soon as you can to prevent the toxic individuals from doing any further damage, and once you do, you must stand by your decision. Toxic people can change, but the kind of change they must go through is not the kind of change that is going to happen after you allow them back into your life just because they got on their knees and begged for your forgiveness.

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Resources from this Episode

Episode 748: 7 Signs of a Toxic Relationship

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AJ Harbinger - author of 1139 posts on The Art of Charm

AJ Harbinger is one of the world’s top relationship development experts. His company, The Art of Charm, is a leading training facility for top performers that want to overcome social anxiety, develop social capital and build relationships of the highest quality. Raised by a single father, AJ felt a strong desire to learn about relationships and the elements that make them successful. However, this interest went largely untapped for many years. Following the path set out for him by his family, AJ studied biology in college and went on to pursue a Ph.D. in Cancer Biology at the University of Michigan. It was at this time that he began to feel immense pressure from the cancer lab he worked in and began to explore other outlets for expression. It was at this point that The Art of Charm Podcast was born.

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