Do you have a toxic friend?
We've all had a debbie downer in our lifeÂ and those friends that are only concerned for their well being and never listen to your problems.
Here's some interesting numbers from a survey.Â
The most common kind of frenemy is the narcissist- 65% of people said theyâ€™ve got a so-called pal whoâ€™s too self-obsessed to care about anyone beyond him or herself.Â But toxic friends come in many forms, including the chronic downer, who seems to be in a perpetual bad mood, the critic, who never has anything nice to say, the underminer, whoâ€™s always ready with a backhanded compliment, and the consistently unreliable flake.Â So why do we put up with these unpleasant people?
After all, more than 80% of survey participants admitted theyâ€™d remained friends with a bad-for-them bud even though they knew it wasnâ€™t good for them.Â
I agree that ending a relationship can be hard. You can "break up" with a guy, but how do you "break up" with a friend?
If it hurts too much to end it abrubtly, experts suggest taking breaks from hanging out with one another. Become an acquaintance. Good luck.
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