It's usually easy to identify that Negative Nancy or Debbie Downer who wreaks havoc on office morale or who drags down the festive spirit at a family function. Their bad attitudes, catastrophic thinking, and fatalistic outlooks can infiltrate the ranks and spread like an epidemic. And although these negative people should get the least of our time and energy, we often give them the most attention.
Negative people can also cause problems for us on an individual level. Perhaps it's that neighbor who causes you to grit your teeth. Or maybe it's a colleague whom you avoid at all costs. It's important to recognize when these negative individuals intrude in your life in an unwelcome manner.