By | Margaret Banford, M.A. | www.learning-mind.com
The traits of toxic people can be very hard to identify, particularly with the rise of anonymity on the internet. When is somebody just kind of a bad influence, and when are they truly toxic?
When is somebody just in a bad mood, or not dealing with stress well, or just toxic? Is there any way to truly recognize toxic traits in the people around you? Psychologists have been trying to find the answers to these questions for a long time.
What complicates the issue is that people who have identifiable personality disorders such as BPD and Narcissistic Personality Disorder can exhibit some of the toxic traits. This does not mean that they are toxic people themselves. But how then do we differentiate between truly toxic people and those who might exhibit just some toxic behaviours?