Friday Fix: 5 Signs You’re Giving Negative People Too Much Power Over Your Life

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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.

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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. 

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By Amy Morin, LCSW, Editor-in-Chief
Amy Morin, LCSW, is the Editor-in-Chief of Verywell Mind. She's also a licensed clinical social worker, 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.