A very close friend of mine is an extremely negative person.
We've been through a lot together, but he constantly criticizes me, in a way that breaches the level of taking the piss out of your friends and into something more unhealthy: a rank criticism that actively undermines my self concept and the goals I'm trying to accomplish.
Sometimes, we're connected to a person for a long period of time, and we lose perspective on how they influence us in our day to day lives.
As time and circumstance have taken us apart, recently, when I met up with him, I realized what a toxic influence he'd been in my life.
"Negative energy" isn't a new-age euphemism that lacks any form of substance. It's simply a term that describes people around you who find fault in almost everything, seeing the worst in everyone and sucking in positivity like a vortex of shit.
Cut these people out of your life. They're worse than useless.
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Bret Easton Ellis