Toxic people... I studied (borderline obsessed) these kinds of people by buying books, attending talks, and watching TED talks because a part of me believed I was dealing with a toxic person back then. I also had to know if I fell under this category. I had a few signs, but I still had the chance to change. So, I worked on it. I was cruising around facebook the other day and saw this post. It hit me because this was exactly what I went through. She was never able to control me, hence, she made so many people see me in a different light. Eventually, the ones who were strong enough to confront and listen to me, saw the truth. The people who I finally let in, did not give up on me and they continued to inspire me into becoming a better person. Bottomline is, don't fight toxic people. Let them be. It's your best weapon. Do not give them leverage by giving them the absolute truth about yourself because believe it or not, these people are smart. They know how to take you down in seconds. So, when you're caught in a bad situation with a toxic person, your best bet is to stay away and keep quiet. The ones who listen to this toxic person weren't meant to be around your life forever. It will hurt but you will come out so much stronger.