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Here are 10 types of toxic people who (if you can avoid them) should not be an integral part of your inner circle.

Gossipers. “A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret.” (Proverbs 11:13 NIV)

If they gossip about others to you, they’ll gossip about you to others. Gossipers divulge private matters. They lack discretion and can be very messy. Often, they spread rumors—whether purposely or accidentally—because they enjoy sharing bad news. You can’t trust them to hold anything in confidence.

Busybodies. “…And not only do they become idlers, but also busybodies who talk nonsense, saying things they ought not to.” (1 Timothy 5:13 NIV)

Busybodies are always meddling in the affairs of others. They don’t have enough going on in their own lives, so they stick their noses in places they don’t belong. They offer advice when no one’s asking and are always found scavenging for scraps of information. They aren’t healthy and feel they have to know everybody’s business and interject their two cents. Their “How are you?” is not a genuine question. It is loaded with hopes of getting juicy insights about your personal matters.

Criticizers. “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8 NIV)

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