The people we usually turn to for advice about how to live our best lives -- the self-help evangelists, relationship gurus, business leadership icons, and even spiritual seekers -- have been echoing a troubling refrain lately.
As the emerging wisdom goes:
Some people are toxic and we must distance ourselves from them or their toxicity will rub off on us.
Even usually adept social philosophers and cultural commentators have taken the bait and shared this terrible, unfortunate, dirty little secret about human nature.
“Ain’t it a crying shame?” They’ll remark with downcast eyes. “There’s nothing we can do, it’s an unavoidable truth. Tsk tsk.”
These truth-tellers are well-meaning but they are misguided.
There’s no such thing as a toxic person. Read More