So many people from your past know a version of you that doesn’t exist anymore.
Good friends are awesome, but toxic friends can make your life miserable.
In fact, an unhealthy friendship can be just as harmful as a bad romantic relationship.
Toxic friends can drag you down, undermine your self-esteem, and drain the joy from your life.
So, how do you know when it’s time to think about cutting someone out of your life?
Here are seven types of malicious friends you should consider:
1. The type of person who likes to control or take advantage of others
“I don’t let people use me. That’s why I like a small number of people in my life. The more people in my life, the more complex it becomes, so I just try to keep it at a minimum.
2. The type of person who likes to criticize others
“Who do you spend time with? Criticizers or encouragers? Surround yourself with those who believe in you. Your life is too important for anything less.”
– Steve Goodier
3. The type of person who likes to speak ill of others
4. Jealous type
5. The type of temperament changes erratically
6. Negative, pessimistic type as if tomorrow is apocalypse
7. Kind of liar
Breaking up with a friend, especially if you have known them for a long time, can be upsetting.
You might need to give yourself time to mourn the friendship.
That’s totally normal.
The good news is that there are lots of emotionally stable, fun people who would love to be your friend. Get out there and find them!