For most of us, everyday life is quite stressful. We are faced with a myriad of responsibilities, both personal and professional, that often push us close to our limits. Therefore, it is necessary to mitigate the stressors that threaten our mental, emotional and physical well-being, such as toxic people. Here are 9 ways smart people deal with them.

First of all, let’s define the word “toxicity.” toxicity is the degree to which a substance (a toxin or a poison) can harm humans or animals. Acute toxicity involves harmful effects on an organism through a single or short-term exposure.

Like toxins in the environment, toxic people can inflict serious damage. However, unlike many toxic substances, there is no “warning” of any kind to educate us about the threats posed by toxic people. Therefore, we must rely on our judgment, instincts, and will to effectively counter these types of individuals.

The fact is that some people are more adept at handling toxic people than others. Such people often possess a keen sense of emotional intelligence and other attributes , along with a willingness to act when necessary.

This is how smart people deal with toxic people

This brings us to the subject of this article. We are going to discuss 9 ways that smart people efficiently deal with toxic people to quickly get rid of their “toxic dust”. Here’s how smart people handle toxic people:

1. They are very self-aware

Being self-aware makes a person capable of making an accurate assessment and understanding of their abilities and preferences, and their implications for their behavior and their impact on others.

A keen sense of self-awareness is also an incredibly powerful prevention tool – and essential. Being self-aware allows us to recognize, understand and account for any internal or external influences that threaten to “throw us out of our game”. Of course, this includes toxic people.

2. They forgive, but do not forget

The gray matter between our ears is not the only determinant of the intellect. Intelligence is multifaceted. When it comes to handling toxic people, emotional intelligence takes over.

The people emotionally intelligent , they understand forgiveness as a necessary component of psychological well – being. However, they also understand the importance of not forgetting those who betrayed their trust. This intelligence allows the person to focus their efforts on building relationships with individuals who have earned such a right.

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3. They are not affected by circumstances

Make no mistake: it is not easy to remain emotionally neutral around toxic people. However, it is an absolute must. Resilience is an attribute of emotional intelligence – and one that pays significant dividends in dealing with toxic people .

We are going to define resistance as “that ineffable quality that allows some people who are knocked down by life, come back stronger than ever.” Make no mistake, toxic people cause many to be “taken down,” but resistance allows us to come back stronger.

4. Quickly set limits

Smart people often have the innate ability to stay productive and effective . To this end, they quickly mitigate any detectable threats that may affect that capability. Also, when smart people detect toxic people, they will take quick and effective action.

This does not mean that they will be rude and abrasive. They will be courteous and firm, but without ambiguity and intransigence. They just won’t allow negative people to affect them in any way or shape.

5. They are “energy smart”

While toxic people thrive on draining others of energy, smart people thrive on maintaining their source of energy. Being “energy smart” simply means understanding how to manage energy in the most efficient way possible.

When we are energy smart, we will not allow toxic people to drain this precious resource. Instead, we will keep it so we can take positive action.

6. They focus very well on their task

When it comes to going all the way on a task, toxic people are simply an outside distraction. Many toxic people are intent on distracting others with their antics.

Smart people just don’t allow such distractions. They will focus on what is in front of them and move on… no matter who is around them.

7. They look for your support system

As mentioned, smart people are often driven people – people seeking a better life for themselves and their loved ones. Also, these people most likely understand the importance of mentoring and teamwork.

When faced with the challenge of a toxic person (or group of people), the smart ones take advantage of their group of trusted mentors and co-workers to rectify the situation.

8. They will quickly pick up on negative self-talk.

Even those with high emotional intelligence are susceptible to negative self-talk from time to time. Toxic people can induce negative thinking in others if the recipient is not prepared for it – and this happens to all of us.

However, intelligent people are often able to quickly recognize and neutralize negative self-talk. The ability to neutralize includes self-defeating thoughts that arise from a toxic person.

9. They are solution oriented

As is now evident, smart people have a talent for finding solutions to problems. Dealing with a toxic person or group of people is another matter that demands a solution. Typically, emotionally intelligent people will evaluate their options and take appropriate action.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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