The people that we welcome into our lives will inevitably have an impact on our overall health and well-being. They can influence our mental and emotional health, and even impact us on a physical level.

Despite all this, we often find ourselves accepting people that we ‘know’ are going to be a source of negativity in our lives. This may be because they are a family member, and we feel as though we don’t really have a choice, or it is a friend or partner that we believe that we can ‘fix’ or ‘change.’

We are highly social beings, but at the same time, we need to recognize that not every social interaction is going to be beneficial for us long term. Identifying the toxic individuals in our lives will empower us to take the necessary steps to put up health barriers and protect ourselves. As Kristen Fuller, MD, explains in an article for Psychology Today, “Toxicity comes in all forms: name-calling, physical abuse, lying, gossip and all the internal turmoil that results from being in an unhealthy relationship. Whether it is a personal relationship involving a family member, lover or a friend, or a professional relationship involving a co-worker or a boss, toxic relationships can damage and leave long-lasting effects on the person involved in one.”

We all have our quirks, habits and personality traits, and these traits will attract different types of people. By assessing the personality traits most common in each of the personality traits, we can identify the type of toxic person that you most likely need to remove from your life at this time.

Aries (March 21 – April 19)

Highly independent and motivated, you know what you want in this life and you aren’t afraid to put the time, effort and energy into attaining it. The fact you are always focused on what you need to do next to reach your goals and dreams means that you sometimes fail to see the people that are working to prevent your success today. These are the people who undermine or sabotage you or those who project their limiting beliefs on you in an effort to hold you back.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

You know who you are and what you stand for in this life. This solid understanding of life empowers you to create a sense of stability, something that is incredibly important to you for your overall health and well-being. You need to surround yourself with people that you can trust and count on and remove the people who disrupt this stability. Don’t allow people to try to change you, and don’t accept those who aren’t deserving of your trust.

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

Fun-loving, upbeat and full of energy, you aim to enjoy life in every experience that you are presented. This positivity and optimism is an important part of who you are, so don’t allow anyone to steal it from you. If you notice that someone is an energy vampire, sucking the positivity out of your day, cut them out of your life promptly.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

You are incredibly sensitive and affectionate, and your emotions are a HUGE part of who you are. You feel your highs and lows at an extreme that most people will never understand, and that’s ok, however, it is also important that they accept that your emotions are valid. If someone is trying to deny your right to feel as you do, or shut your emotions down, don’t allow them access to your heart.

Leo (July 23 – August 22)

Strong, confident and the center of attention in all that you do, you know who you are and what you want out of this life. While it may appear to others that you are unbreakable, there is a vulnerable person hidden within, and the people you allow into your life have the ability to either build you up or tear you down. If you notice that someone is eroding your confidence or causing you to doubt yourself, it is time to walk away and leave them behind.

Virgo (August 23 – September 22)

Organized and analytical, you believe that everything in your life has a place and a purpose, and nothing makes you happier than maintaining this level of order. There are, however, people in this life that get their kicks out of disorder and drama, and they will actually take great joy out of disrupting the life you have worked so hard to create. If someone is actively bringing drama into your life and bringing your down, you don’t need that negativity.

Libra (September 23 – October 22)

You believe strongly in justice and order and will go to great lengths in this life to help the people that you encounter at all costs. It’s admirable, and you shouldn’t change that side of who you are, however, it is important that you recognize that not everyone is worthy of this attention. There are people who will take advantage of your big heart for the purpose of their own personal gain. Don’t allow them to use you in this way.

Scorpio (October 23 – November 22)

Stubborn and passionate, you are unapologetically yourself. You aren’t quick to let people in, but when you commit you jump in with both feet trusting them fully and allowing them full access to your heart. This can be incredibly dangerous when someone has mastered the art of manipulation, painting an inaccurate picture of who they actually are. Trust your gut. If you notice that someone you once trusted is no longer who you believed that they were, take steps to protect yourself.

Sagittarius (November 23 – December 21)

Highly personable, you possess people skills that will make most jealous. You’re a skilled networker, and your circle of influence is always growing. Valuing this freedom and way of life, it is important to not allow just anyone to tie you down or hold you back. There are people that, if given the opportunity, will try to keep you all to themselves, preventing you from being the social butterfly that you are. Don’t let them.

Capricorn (December 22 – January 20)

Hard-working and independent, you are more reluctant to trust than many of the other signs. Determined that you are the only person that you can trust, you build barriers to prevent others from getting in. This is further encouraged by those that devalue you or try to cut you down, confirming why you don’t allow others into your heart. Try to remember that there are both good and bad people in this world – seek out genuine people and lower those barriers, but don’t waste your time on those that cut you down.

Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)

You see the world through rose-colored glasses, believing that everyone else is going to invest the same time, attention and care into their relationships as you do. Unfortunately, this isn’t realistic and is often going to leave you hurt. Identify the people that talk a big talk but fail to follow through on their actions. The people who always say they will be there for you, but when life gets difficult they are nowhere to be found. These are the people that you need to cut out of your life.

Pisces (February 19 – March 20)

Incredibly creative, you spend much of your life with your head in the clouds, dreaming up new and fantastic ideas and creations that you believe will improve life as you know it. There will be people that will love on you and encourage you, while gently helping you to stay grounded, these are your people. There will, however, also be people who will criticize you, tear you down, and encourage any further creative pursuits. This isn’t constructive criticism, this is toxicity, and you don’t need it.