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iVillage: 20 Toxic People to Kick Out of Your Life

Acidic Acquaintances

We all have one or two "friends" who drag us down instead of make us better. If you have someone in your life who's taking more than they're giving, it might be time to go your separate ways.

by Ronnie Koenig

The Office Gossip

Sometimes, it’s nice to take a break in your day to get the scoop on who’s smooching who and who’s getting the pink slip. But is the office gossip stopping by your desk way too often?

“The office gossip can be a destructive force in your life, as this person calls your own integrity into question in the eyes of your superiors and coworkers,” says Karen Hylen, Ph.D, primary therapist at Summit Malibu Treatment Center. “Without this type of person in her life, a woman can grow stronger in her feelings of self-worth and be an integral part of the office environment, rather than an outsider looking in.”

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