Washington: Have you ever felt that you have a toxic friend, a family member or partner in your life? Dr Phil McGraw, author of the book "Life Code," says that the world is full of toxic people, he calls BAITERs (Backstabbers, Abusers, Imposters, Takers, Exploiters and Reckless), and that evil people are all around us.

The key to protecting yourself from BAITERs, the psychologist and talk show host says, is to know how to spot them.

In this clip from "Oprah's Lifeclass," Dr Phil reviews eight characteristics of BAITERs-red flags you need to know in order to identify those who are toxic.

First on the list is Entitlement. "They have this air of arrogant entitlement. They really believe they're entitled to your life," a daily quoted Dr Phil as saying.

Another sign of a BAITER is that they lack empathy. Dr Phil said that these kinds of people don't have any feeling at all for what you're experiencing and they don't know how to stand in someone else's shoes. Running through the rest of the list, Dr Phil points out several more characteristics of these toxic people.

They don't have the ability to feel guilt, they are irresponsible, they thrive on drama, they brag about the last person they outsmarted, they've got a bunch of short-term relationships and, lastly, they are delusional.


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