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Any advice is welcome: what do you do when a toxic person, with lots of power (another women who is not in technology) leads you to act at your worst? From day one, she has discounted ...

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You can maybe try to have a very open and honest conversation with her. Also, sometimes the best decision is to change to another role internally or change jobs. I’m sorry that this is happening to you. It’s not fair and it’s not right.

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I would ignore it ... if it gets worse then discuss with HR.

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Chronically toxic people are often narcissists and actually enjoy agitating people. The only way to deal with them is to NOT engage, although sounds like she got to you. The more you seem unaffected by her taunts the less interested she’ll become in taunting you. If she’s toxic because she’s suffering in some way, then it may be good to interrupt the cycle with compassion - ask if there’s something bothering her and if you can be of help. Without knowing what’s driving the behavior it may be best to ignore her as and if it escalates, seek counsel from HR.

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Reach out to your mentor to discuss the situation. A mentor can be someone you know within the company. They can guide you well. Toxic people are everywhere and their intentions are not known. However your safety is important. Company is not made of only toxic people; there are golden hearts too

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My 30 years of experience because I am not a director (by choice wanted better work life balance) And now my reputation is on the line because I react to her and it makes me look petty

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