There are more people living inside your mind than you might be aware of. All the people you encounter can take up residency in your mind. It is no problem in itself since the mind is wired to be able to do so. However, some people will move in, and take over your mind to lead you astray as soon as you give them the power to.
Attachments between people are formed easily, and as soon as that happens people will start to lead a life in your mind. Especially through trauma – which constitutes strong emotions – other people can easily take up long-term residency. As long as you accept that they are taking over parts of your mind, they will continue to do so.
When you can no longer overrule their voices, it may be time to let them go. As long as your focus is pulled onto other people, you cannot focus on yourself and your own growth. Recognize whose voice is misdirecting you in what you think, do or say. Talk back to whomever it is, and start asking questions. You did not give the strange familiar the right to tell you what to do. Or if you did and they overstay their welcome, you have the right to revoke their backstage passes.
Sometimes the ties to other people need to get severed without another word wasted. The situation may be so hostile that your safety depends on a quick retreat. Usually, there will be no need to do so abruptly. You have let the person stay in your mind for a reason, and you need to understand that reason before you let go. Otherwise, you may find yourself repeating the behavior with the next person you attach to. The other person will still be in your mind, buried under the denial put in place.
Whatever the case, as long as you understand that you do not have to hold on to people you allowed to take up residency in your mind, you can continue to talk to these figments of your imagination one by one, as you show them the way out. Give your mind a good spring cleaning.
It is time to reclaim your mind. You need all the space you can find to grow into yourself.