Sadly, not all friendships are meant to last. At least once in your life, you may encounter friends who bring out a lot of negative energy. While it is normal to go through conflict with someone, experiencing constant problems may be a sign that you need to re-evaluate your friendship.
Here are five ways to tell if you’re dealing with a toxic friend:
1. They need you for everything.
You may come across a friend who is too needy–someone who takes up most of your time and leaves you feeling exhausted with their demands. While it is normal to lean on your friends for support, make sure they aren’t taking advantage of you.
2. You dread seeing your friend, and you’re relieved when they leave.
According to psychologist and self-help author Dr. Laura Sapadihn, “Friendships are voluntary relationships.” It might mean something if you are purposely ignoring a friend.
3. You’re constantly in conflict.
If you’re arguing and fighting non-stop, then sadly, you may not be compatible. If you feel the other person isn’t hearing you out, then isn’t that being unfair to you?
4. You go through what is called a “friendship whiplash”.
Some toxic friendships can be great one day then terrible the next. Inconsistency isn’t a good sign and it would only make you feel anxious or depressed in the long run.
5. Your friend betrays your trust.
This is one of the more obvious ones. If a friend betrays the bond you have, you definitely have to re-evaluate your relationship with him/her.