If you are in a situation where you cannot avoid a high conflict person, use the 4-step CARS method.
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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.
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.
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.
When you feel extreme emotions with someone you barely know, pay attention.
They have inflated views of themselves (they think they are better than they actually are).
They make fantastic first impressions. But the stuff that works for narcissists so well in the short term proves lethal in the long term.
In job interviews, narcissists get results, but after three weeks people regard narcissists as untrustworthy. They make awesome first dates, but relationship satisfaction with them shows a big decline after 4 months.
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