What is the best word that I could use to describe a person that seems to attract negative situations? Every time I am around him/her, something bad always seems to happen. Is there a word to describe this person?
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Lightning rod, figuratively a "person or thing that is a target for negative reactions and distracts criticism from another target" is an alternative to jinx, a "person or thing supposed to bring bad luck", as is jonah, a "person or object which is deemed to cause bad luck; a jinx".
All of these are used in context alongside the idea of "luck" or that this person is simply a victim that attracts negative situations. If you're trying to describe the person as having a negative disposition (and possibly causing his/her own suffering) then you may use these idioms. However, idioms are strictly informal, use caution in professional settings.
Negative people can be called
These refer to disposition rather than situational negativity...I don't know if this helps.