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27-06-2023 22:07







  1. Signs of a toxic friendship and how to overcome it
  2. Maintaining a facade with toxic friends
  3. Dealing with toxic friends on an ongoing basis
  4. Toxic friends: lack of support in difficult times
  5. When you feel that everything is out of order
  6. Identify the signs of having toxic friends
  7. Ending toxic relationships
  8. Envious friends and their negative impact on your personal development
  9. You avoid sharing your achievements and joys
  10. Shameful behavior of your toxic friends
  11. Accepting differences with complicated friends
  12. Toxic friends do not usually recognize their mistakes or apologize for them.
  13. Toxic friends take advantage of and ridicule you
  14. It is crucial that your loved ones alert you to toxic relationships.
  15. Toxic friends can generate feelings of loneliness and isolation in you.
  16. You will deal with blackmail in most situations.
  17. Your innermost secrets may be exposed by toxic friends
  18. Toxic friends can affect your personal security
  19. It is normal to feel rejection when you are invited to spend time with toxic friends.
  20. Sometimes socialization can feel like a chore.
  21. Friends who focus on criticizing others
  22. Your relationship with your phone can outweigh your friendships
  23. How do you know if your friends are harmful?
  24. The importance of loyalty in healthy friendships
  25. The importance of setting boundaries with toxic friends
  26. You always feel uncomfortable and tense
  27. Passive aggression in friendship
  28. Whenever you express your opinions and ideologies, you feel you are not listened to.
  29. Do you really have quality friends?
  30. Say goodbye to those friends with inappropriate behaviors
  31. Say goodbye to constant frustration
  32. Final thoughts

In life, it is essential to surround ourselves with people who give us love, support and joy. However, sometimes we encounter friendships that can be toxic and detrimental to our emotional well-being.

 Identifying these signs is crucial to protecting ourselves and maintaining healthy, positive relationships.

 As a psychologist with extensive experience in the field of interpersonal relationships, I have compiled a list of 30 telltale signs that demonstrate a toxic friendship.

Join me on this journey of self-awareness and let's discover together how to recognize and deal with these negative dynamics.


Signs of a toxic friendship and how to overcome it



 To get an introduction to the topic I interviewed my colleague Dr. Laura Sanchez, a psychologist specializing in interpersonal relationships and mental health. According to Dr. Sanchez, "a toxic friendship can negatively affect our self-esteem, happiness and overall quality of life".

 She goes on to provide some key signs that indicate a toxic friendship:

  1. Lack of emotional support: "A clear sign of a toxic friendship is when you don't get the emotional support you need. If you feel like you're always there for that person, but they're never there when you need them, it may be an unbalanced relationship."

  1. Constant manipulation: "If your friend constantly manipulates your decisions or feelings in order to control you or get what he or she wants, you are probably in a toxic relationship. Manipulation can manifest itself through emotional blackmail or mind games."

  1. Destructive criticism: "Constructive criticism is a normal part of any healthy relationship, but constant, destructive criticism can be harmful. If your friend is always criticizing you without offering any support or solutions, you may be in a toxic friendship."

  1. Envy and competition: "Envy and excessive competition are clear signs of a toxic friendship. If you feel that your friend takes more joy in your failures than in your successes, or if he or she constantly compares you to other people to prove his or her superiority, it's time to rethink that relationship."

  1. Lack of respect and boundaries: "Mutual respect and boundary setting are fundamental to any healthy relationship. If your friend consistently crosses your personal boundaries, disrespects you or ignores your needs, you are likely in a toxic friendship."



 Now that we have identified the signs of a toxic friendship, it is important to know how to overcome this situation. Dr. Sanchez offers some practical advice:

 "The first thing is to recognize the toxicity of the relationship and understand that you are not responsible for maintaining it," Dr. Sanchez advises. "Set clear boundaries with that person and communicate how their actions make you feel."

 "Seek emotional support from other people and surround yourself with positive relationships," the psychologist suggests. "Sometimes, it may be necessary to temporarily walk away or even end the friendship if the toxicity persists and negatively affects your well-being."

 At times, you may find that those friends with whom you once shared a great connection are no longer worthy of that title.

 If you find yourself in this situation, you may be experiencing a toxic friendship and it would be best to move away from it as soon as possible.

 Below, I will provide you with a list of 30 key signs to identify these types of toxic friendships that you should pay attention to:


Maintaining a facade with toxic friends



 When you constantly fake it, it's a clear indication that your friendship may be toxic. This behavior stems from the constant need to fit in.

 Maintaining a fake attitude all the time can be exhausting and is certainly not what you want for yourself.


Dealing with toxic friends on an ongoing basis



 If you find yourself continually facing unresolved problems with your toxic friends, it may be the right time to consider moving away from that friendship.

 When differences in personalities are too great, it is best to end the friendship without too much hassle before the situation becomes even more uncomfortable.


Toxic friends: lack of support in difficult times



 In life, it is normal to face challenging situations that put us to the test.

 At those times, having true friends is critical.

 But when it comes to toxic friends, you can never rely on them for any kind of emotional support.


When you feel that everything is out of order



 Being surrounded by toxic friendships can create a sense of confusion. Your intuition is telling you that something is not right in your environment.

 Therefore, it is important to act wisely and be alert to identify what does not align with your values and priorities.


Identify the signs of having toxic friends



 Having a constant feeling of stress when you are with your friends may be an indication that they are toxic people.

 If this happens frequently, it is important to reflect on whether you are surrounded by the right group.


Ending toxic relationships



 Sometimes, it is necessary to end toxic friendships due to the stress and difficulties that can arise.

 As a result of this constant stress, it is possible to experience healthy weight loss instead of excessive and detrimental to your health.


Envious friends and their negative impact on your personal development



 It is essential that you get rid of toxic people within your social circle, as they have the ability to contaminate your positive energies with their envy.

 It can be confusing at times, as you have always shown support and love for your friends in this group.

 However, it is unlikely that you will receive the same level of reciprocity.


You avoid sharing your achievements and joys



 Another obvious sign that your friendships are harmful to you is that you find it hard to open up and tell them about your successes and happy moments.

 You feel that you will not receive the support and celebration you need, which generates in you a feeling of lack of understanding and loneliness.


Shameful behavior of your toxic friends



 When you are questioned about that friendship that embarrasses you, you will be able to fully understand what a toxic friendship is.

 This occurs when your toxic friends carry out dangerous or irrational actions that contradict your values and principles.


Accepting differences with complicated friends



 If you are in the midst of intense arguments with your friends about ethical or personal issues, it is important to reflect on the toxic nature of the relationship and consider ending it.

 If you don't take action, this problem will continue to create constant stress for you, which is not healthy for you.


Toxic friends do not usually recognize their mistakes or apologize for them.



 When you decide to spend time with toxic people, you are unlikely to get a sincere apology from them.

 They may even blame anyone who points out their wrongdoings, so it is essential to keep them out of your life.


Toxic friends take advantage of and ridicule you



 Sometimes, friends can make jokes with each other in a fun and acceptable environment.

 However, your toxic friends do not have good intentions and will always try to make you feel uncomfortable by making fun of topics that they know irritate you and make you feel bad.

 It is important to stay away from these types of friendships to protect your emotional well-being.


It is crucial that your loved ones alert you to toxic relationships.



 Your close friends and family have a special ability to identify when someone in your circle may be toxic and harmful to you, even before you notice it yourself.

 If this happens, it is natural for them to let you know about it, and therefore you should take steps to get rid of these harmful friendships before they can affect you with their negative energy and pessimism.


Toxic friends can generate feelings of loneliness and isolation in you.



 If you find yourself surrounded by toxic friends, you are likely to experience a deep emotional void and a sense of disconnection.

This occurs when there is no alignment in terms of values, lifestyle and preferences between you and your friends, which can lead you to feel misunderstood and unimportant.


You will deal with blackmail in most situations.



 When you meet toxic friends, don't expect to get a respite from the toxicity emanating from every corner of the room.

 One toxic way they behave is by using any information they may have about you to ridicule or control you.

 Therefore, it is vital that you become aware that you don't need that negativity in your life and walk away.


Your innermost secrets may be exposed by toxic friends



 It is critical that you learn to identify and walk away from toxic friends as soon as you identify them, as they do not understand or value the meaning and importance of maintaining trust.

 A toxic friend will not hesitate to reveal your secrets when they disagree with you.


Toxic friends can affect your personal security



 Lack of confidence, constant teasing and disrespect from these friends often create feelings of inferiority in you.

 These people will go out of their way to make you feel insignificant. It is crucial that you keep this in mind to protect yourself.


It is normal to feel rejection when you are invited to spend time with toxic friends.



When a friendship becomes toxic, it is understandable that you may experience anxiety and discomfort when considering accepting invitations from that person or group of friends.

 It may even feel as if you are caught in the middle of a constant conflict.

 It is very important to pay attention to your emotions and make choices that make you feel good about yourself.


Sometimes socialization can feel like a chore.



 The true essence of friendships lies in their authenticity and spontaneity. If you feel that dedicating extra time to maintaining a friendship is becoming exhausting, it is advisable to end it immediately and look for answers later.


Friends who focus on criticizing others



 If the people you associate with only spend their time talking negatively about other people, it is important that you make the decision to get away from them as soon as possible.


Your relationship with your phone can outweigh your friendships



 We often expect our friends to bring happiness into our lives, but when instead of enjoying their company you spend most of your time glued to your phone, your friends may not be meeting your needs adequately.


How do you know if your friends are harmful?



 In addition to phone dependency, there is another way to determine if the friends you have are negative: Evaluate their support in everyday situations.

 True friends will always be there for you when you need support, while harmful ones simply won't be available to you.

 Be cautious and value friendships that truly bring you happiness!


The importance of loyalty in healthy friendships



 You know what's wonderful about having true friends? They are always there to support you when you need them most.

 However, not all friends fulfill this valuable commitment.


The importance of setting boundaries with toxic friends



 Having healthy friendships involves not only having fun together, but also being respectful and considerate.

 Unfortunately, toxic friends lack respect for you, so it is crucial to stay away from them to take care of your emotional well-being.


You always feel uncomfortable and tense



 Whenever you are in the company of your friends, you experience a constant feeling of discomfort and tension. This feeling is a clear indication that these friends are toxic to you and do not contribute to your emotional well-being.


Passive aggression in friendship



 Passive aggression should never be part of a friendly relationship.

 This type of behavior is unacceptable and should not be tolerated.

 It is important to remember that true friends do not act this way.

 If you are experiencing passive aggression in a so-called friendship, you may want to consider ending the relationship, as it could be a toxic relationship.


Whenever you express your opinions and ideologies, you feel you are not listened to.



 It's disappointing when people around you don't value your views.

 Don't give up, continue to communicate and seek out those who appreciate your thoughts and take into account what you have to contribute.


Do you really have quality friends?



 Sometimes it is difficult to discern whether your friends are a good influence or not, especially if you have been friends for a long time.

 However, it is essential for your well-being and personal development to be surrounded by people who motivate you to be the best version of yourself.

 If you have friendships that promote negative behaviors, it is time to say goodbye to them to improve your life.


Say goodbye to those friends with inappropriate behaviors



 It is not good for you to keep friendships that behave inappropriately, therefore, it is advisable to let them go.

 Keep away from your life those people who only bring negativity.


Say goodbye to constant frustration



 One of the worst things about toxic relationships is that they can wear you down without you even realizing it.

 This can lead you to feel frustrated and react with violence, breaking objects or hitting surfaces.

 Remember that it is essential to take care of your mental and emotional well-being.


Final thoughts



 It is critical to understand how important it is to stay away from toxic friendships.

 In short, these friends can have a very strong negative impact on your life.

 Therefore, it is in your best interest to avoid them completely and not allow their detrimental influence to affect you.



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