Unfortunately, toxic and belligerent people are not as avoidable as we would like for them to be. They show up in our work place, schools, neighborhoods—sometimes even within our own circle of friends and family members. The best we can do is minimize our interactions with them and plan for exit strategies to cut the conversation short. If an interaction is avoidable because the person is your boss or family member, then arm yourself with a few verbal defense moves to keep yourself from getting caught up in their negative energy and petty drama.
If all else fails, consider your interactions with toxic and belligerent people as spiritual exercises to become a more patient and empathetic person. And few things are less annoying to a toxic person than a happy person who doesn't get fazed at all by verbal attacks.
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