Every now and then, you need to cut people out of your life. Friends, family, work colleagues, and lovers — if they are toxic to your life, they’ve got to go. This doesn’t mean they become dead to you, it means that you need to put some more distance between them and yourself. After all, you aren’t obligated to suffer for anyone else. I want to be clear that I’m talking about those bringing an immense amount of pain to your life and not someone who simply disagrees with you.