The people who you allow into your life should generally be a positive influence to you, as you should be to them. If you find yourself feeling consistently confused, counterproductive, undermined and devalued by a person, you should take measures to protect yourself from letting them influence you.
If you’ve had the experience of working with classmates, teammates, or colleagues who drain your time, energy and resources rather than being helpful and supportive, take a look at Joyce Howell‘s Emotional Vampires: Dealing with People Who Drain You Dry (http://www.amazon.com/Emotional-Vampires-Dealing-People-ebook/dp/B000QCTO9U).
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