Sometimes, a trick to anger management is to avoid toxic people in your life – or at least minimize their presence or influence.
You can tell if someone is toxic for you if:
- they have the ability to consistently trigger anger in you, when other people don’t.
- you don’t like who you are or who you become when you interact with them.
- you have constant feelings of resentment toward them.
- they drain all your emotional resources in dealing with them.
You don’t have to put up with people who simply are not good for you – even if they are relatives, co-workers, or neighbors.
You may not be able to avoid them completely, but you often can see them less often, give them less information about you (so they have less “ammunition”), stop confiding in them, or stop making personal sacrifices to please them.