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Do you have a toxic friend?

We've all had a debbie downer in our life 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.  The most common kind of frenemy is the narcissist- 65% of people said they’ve got a so-called pal who’s too self-obsessed to care about anyone beyond him or herself.  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, who’s always ready with a backhanded compliment, and the consistently unreliable flake.  So why do we put up with these unpleasant people? After all, more than 80% of survey participants admitted they’d remained friends with a bad-for-them bud even though they knew it wasn’t good for them.  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. Photo credit Marion Doss via Flickr

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08/24/2011 4:46AM
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