Insightful article. You raise an excellent point about labeling people as ALL bad/toxic just because they cut you off in traffic or made a mistake or whatever. This black and white thinking, all or nothing thinking breeds instability and an us versus them kind of mentality.

I think back to the old adage of “the difference between medicine and poison is in the dose” and think that sometimes when we try to label something as toxic, it was merely something that was taken to the extreme, so we don’t necessarily need to throw the baby out with the bath water. Just that we should rethink the “dose” and use our words carefully.