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Toxic Friendship: It's Not You. It's Your 'Friend-Really

Magazine article Success

Toxic Friendship: It's Not You. It's Your 'Friend-Really

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We have friends for different occasions--people we like to spend time with because we share common interests. But do you ever feel worse after being with one of these friends? Do you consistently feel bad about yourself after spending time together?

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If so, it's possible you have a toxic relationship, and it's probably best to end the relationship to spare your well-being. Consider these warning signs:

* After talking to them, do you feel drained?

* Does your friend criticize first and ask questions later?

* Does your friend quickly go from happy to hostile?

* Does he complain more than he exhibits gratitude?

* Do you feel like you are in a competition called, "Who has the better life?"

* Does your friend always find a new reason to be upset with you?

* Does she dominate the conversation and rarely ask about you?

* Does he speak to you in a sarcastic or condescending way, or make you the brunt of jokes in front of others? …

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