Self-Improvement Friday Fix: 5 Signs You’re Giving Negative People Too Much Power Over Your Life By Amy Morin, LCSW Amy Morin, LCSW Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Amy Morin, LCSW, is a psychotherapist and international bestselling author. Her books, including "13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do," have been translated into more than 40 languages. Her TEDx talk, "The Secret of Becoming Mentally Strong," is one of the most viewed talks of all time. Learn about our editorial process Updated on January 20, 2023 Print Verywell / Julie Bang Table of Contents View All Table of Contents Friday Fix: Episode 229 More About the Podcast Every Friday on The Verywell Mind Podcast, Editor-in-Chief Amy Morin, LCSW, shares the “Friday Fix”—a short episode featuring a quick, actionable tip or exercise to help you manage a specific mental health issue or concern. Follow Now: Apple Podcasts / Spotify / Google Podcasts / Amazon Music Friday Fix: Episode 229 Have you ever spent two hours dreading the fact you were going to see someone for an hour? If so, you gave that person two extra hours of your life. Have you ever blamed someone for ruining your day or putting you in a bad mood? If so, you gave that person power over your emotions. We give negative people too much of our time, energy, and mental real estate in many ways. And the truth is we all let negative people sometimes take a toll on us at some point. And if we’re not careful, we might waste a lot of time and energy thinking about or complaining about them. Or, we might let a negative person influence our behavior in an unhealthy way. When you realize that you’re doing it, however, you can create positive change. You can limit how much of an impact you will let a negative person have over your thoughts, feelings, and behavior. On this episode of The Verywell Mind Podcast, I share the top five signs that could indicate you’re giving a negative person too much power over your life. I also explain the steps you can take to empower yourself to be the best version of yourself regardless of how others behave. More About the Podcast The Verywell Mind Podcast is available across all streaming platforms. If you like the show, please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts. Reviews and ratings are a great way to encourage other people to listen and help them prioritize their mental health too. Editor’s Note: Please be mindful that this transcript does not go through our standard editorial process and may contain inaccuracies and grammatical errors. Thank you. For media or public speaking inquiries, contact Amy here. Download the Transcript Links and Resources Follow Amy Morin on Instagram Check out Amy’s books on mental strength If You Liked This Episode, You Might Also Like These Episodes: Friday Fix: 10 Ways to Say No and Stick to It How to Deal With Difficult People With Psychotherapist Andrea Bonior Friday Fix: 5 Boundary Mistakes to Avoid Ask a Therapist: How Do I Deal With Negative People in My Life? By Amy Morin, LCSW Amy Morin, LCSW, is a psychotherapist and international bestselling author. Her books, including "13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do," have been translated into more than 40 languages. Her TEDx talk, "The Secret of Becoming Mentally Strong," is one of the most viewed talks of all time. See Our Editorial Process Meet Our Review Board Share Feedback Was this page helpful? Thanks for your feedback! What is your feedback? Other Helpful Report an Error Submit Speak to a Therapist Online Advertiser Disclosure × The offers that appear in this table are from partnerships from which Verywell Mind receives compensation.