Removing toxic people from your life

“You don’t ever have to feel guilty about removing toxic people from your life. It doesn’t matter whether someone is a relative, romantic interest, employer, childhood friend or new acquaintance- You don’t have to make room for people who cause you pain or make you feel small. It’s one thing if a person owns up to their behavior and makes an effort to change. But if a person disregards your feelings,ignores your boundaries, and “continues” to treat you in a harmful way, they have to go.” – Daniell Koepke

Photography Denise Hecht

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  1. this is a good reminder. Sometimes, those toxic people don’t appear that way to others, you might be asked “why” by others who don’t know as much about this person as you do, might even judge you for doing so and you choose to keep that part private. Thank you for posting and reminding me, I always need to be true to myself. <3

  2. They can poison your mind and self belief . They have to be removed to allow growth. This is a beautiful reminder.

  3. This is not a beautiful reminder! This by pure definition, depicts a toxic mindset. Far out, if you cant recognise that this is not encouraging kindness and treating others with respect, then you are the toxic one. Its one thing to let those people go when your morals no longer align, but you can choose to do it with love and kindness, instead of hurt and anger, which is the underlying tone of this article. Poor effort. Hope not too many actually follow ur advise.

    1. Jules, if someone “continues” to treat me in a harmful way, as the quote reads, ( and does not make an effort to change) yes they need to go. Plain and simple. Do you know the definition of harmful? The quote does not read to do it in a hurtful and angry way either. Read it again.

  4. This poster does NOT say anything about treating anyone badly but about not letting yourself be treated badly, about respecting yourself enough to walk away. If this poster brings a toxic mindset to someone, then it is a perfect example that something was not good about that relationship. There is NOTHING wrong with the creator of the poster, and they’re as far from toxic as one can be. Reread the poster and realize it is about treating YOURSELF with the respect you deserve and not with the lack of respect someone else is showing you. I feel badly for you…sounds like someone might have really hurt you and you deserve so much more than that. Everyone does. If you are not true to yourself and treat yourself with respect, you set the example for others to treat you the same way. Love yourself enough to let these types of people go from your life.

  5. Jules- I feel for you and whatever situation you may be in. Under no circumstance is allowing someone to belittle your feelings, disregard your boundaries (aka disrespect you), continue to treat you badly, which usually resorts to emotional manipulation have anything to do with treating that person with undo kindness and disrespect when they have done nothing but that to you. This post is about YOU and kindly removing yourself from the situation bc no one deserves to be a victim of such treatment if the option is there not to be.
    I think you either misread the paragraph or maybe you are dealing with a situation of your own- if so, I’ve been there and I can only hope you find strength to leave.

  6. Jules, you just can’t continually allow people to mistreat and disrespect you. Continueing to
    let them do this with no consequences lowers your self esteem. You have to remove toxic people
    from your life for your sanity, and well being.

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