We all know a few people that cause grief, not merely because they have a bad day but because they have severe problems and are unwilling to change.
We can learn enough to recognize if someone is a "high-conflict person" and avoid them as much as possible.
While these are disorders and these people are suffering, mental health professionals would advise you to keep your distance from them, if at all possible.
Everybody has bad days or weeks. To tell if someone is a High Conflict Person, we can look for four traits of behavior.
Nobody is perfect, but if someone has all four traits, they almost certainly are an HCP.
Each type of toxic people gives clues if you pay attention:
All three will eventually display the blaming of others, all-or-nothing thinking, victim stories, and a desire to punish.
When you feel extreme emotions with someone you barely know, pay attention.
If you are in a situation where you cannot avoid a high conflict person, use the 4-step CARS method.
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