“These types of toxic people are usually arrogant and controlling,” said Becky Whetstone, a marriage family therapist in Little Rock,Arkansas. “They know what is best for everyone else and will tell you what that is, though you never asked. If you don’t cave or they become bored, they’ll move on to someone else who will support their antics.”
6. The Instigator
We all have that one friend who is a bit of a shit-stirrer;if there’s drama unfolding among your circle of friends, you’ll hear about it from them. But there’s one thing you can count on with someone who loves to spill the tea; at some point, you’re bound to be the subject of their gossip.
You might not want to completely kick them to the curb ― let’s be honest, the entertainment value of their small talk is unparalleled ― but definitely be careful about how much you reveal to them, Wagner said.
“Usually they aren’t trustworthy and loyal in relationships,and they show this in countless small ways,” she said. “Just keep in mind that instigators absolutely thrive when creating divisiveness, stirring doubt and uncertainty.”