You might think that mentally strong people are immune to toxic people. After all, they have the power to defend themselves, reject manipulation, and walk away, right? Unfortunately, mentally strong people are just as susceptible to toxic people as everyone else. In fact, they attract them. Mentally strong people have some amazing personality traits, but toxic people often seek them out because of their kindness, compassion, and laid-back nature.

Why Mentally Strong People Attract Toxic People

These are four reasons mentally strong people attract toxic people

1. They are an open book

People who are mentally strong are also honest. They don’t bother to hide their feelings or opinions from others. This trait often has a downside: it attracts toxic people, because honest people are much easier to understand. A toxic person already knows exactly how the open person feels, so they will be easier to manipulate.

2. They have a positive view of the world

Choosing to see the good in people is rare these days, but mentally strong people often look at the positives rather than the negatives. Unfortunately, toxic people can use this trait to their advantage over those who are mentally strong. They know they can get more, because a mentally strong person will decide to see the good in them.

3. They are calm

Mentally strong people have good control of their emotions. They go with the flow and don’t get angry too easily. That’s a very privileged way of being, but it can also attract a toxic person. A calm person is much easier to manipulate, because they remain calm and are not worried about any mishaps.

4. They are generous with their time.

Strong people are some of the best shoulders to cry on . They are willing to listen and comfort others in times of need. For a toxic person, this is a green light to manipulate. They often take advantage of kind and compassionate people because they think they can get away with it.

Now, toxic people don’t always know they are toxic. Many times, a toxic person has no idea that they are behaving in a way that hurts others. And also, mentally strong people are not always aware of the danger that can be around the corner by being easy prey at times from toxic people.

We are human, and we live in a vulnerable world. If you think they are in the range of being a person with these traits and you attract people like that, you should be alert to red flags like these that we just described. You do not have to stop shining your light when you run into someone like that, you know that you are strong and you are not willing to let yourself be trampled, but learning to see the signs before, is necessary. Solve the matter by walking away, or by getting the best of you so that, if that toxic person doesn’t know that they are wreaking havoc on you by sucking your energy, let them know immediately so that they correct the course, if that is their destination.

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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