Wow, I can't tell you how much of this article I wanted to highlight. Cutting out the insincere people from my life has literally changed my life. It's hard to spot them until stuff hits the fan. It's in your down moments in life that you can notice all of them in your life. Sometimes, they are your family. Setting boundaries with people who are involved in your life is a skill. Often, dealing with such people, only thing that helps is to keep things transactional. (like what you said about taking emotions out of it. Thus, taking the drama out of it. Then, it will be bland and they will lose interest in you). With strangers, it's much easier to do that. A certain amount of filter for quality has to be done to allow people to get close to your inner circle. The pandemic is quite a good time to do the filtering.