What are some ways to handle toxic people in your life?

Mark Goulston has good advice when he wrote,

Some people don’t want to make your life better. Instead, they want to destroy it. Some of these people want to suck you dry, while others want to con you, thwart you, bully you, or make you the scapegoat for their mistakes. To save yourself, you need to strip these people of the power to hurt you. There are three ways to do this. The first is to confront these people directly. The second is to neutralize them. The third is to walk away and make sure they don’t follow you.


Mark Goulston in Just Listen: Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone (AMACOM; 2009. p. 95)