Tag: toxic friends

Why am I attracted to toxic friends?

Published: October 7, 2013 | Last Updated: October 7, 2013 By | 14 Replies Continue Reading

A reader wonders why she gets into relationships with toxic friends.

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Friendship Day – August 1, 2010

Published: August 1, 2010 | Last Updated: August 2, 2014 By | 5 Replies Continue Reading

In 1935, the US Congress proclaimed the first Sunday in August each year as Friendship Day.

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Self-centered friends with hefty needs

Published: August 31, 2008 | Last Updated: April 9, 2016 By | 4 Replies Continue Reading

On dealing with a needy, self-centered friend…

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Friend Poaching or Social Networking: What’s the Difference?

Published: August 10, 2008 | Last Updated: November 5, 2021 By | 29 Replies Continue Reading

Friend poaching is complicated. The distinctions between friend poaching and social networking can even be murkier.

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Five Ways To Unload A Toxic Friend

Published: March 15, 2008 | Last Updated: December 9, 2021 By | 80 Replies Continue Reading

The term toxic friendship refers to a variety of relationships that are consistently negative and draining. The nature of these relationships is defined by patterns, not by one-time or occasional lapses in the reciprocity that is the essence of a healthy friendship.

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Sticks and Stones: Perversions of the language of friendship

Published: February 16, 2008 | Last Updated: April 2, 2016 By | 8 Replies Continue Reading

I found a new-to-me friendship term in the Urban Dictionary, frienvy. It describes the envious feelings someone has towards a friend who loses weight, gets a promotion, or finds a new love. OK, it’s kind of cute. The dictionary also defines friendwhoring, the verb: stealing someone else’s friends and making them your own. Getting a […]

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Needy Friends: A Friend Indeed?

Published: February 13, 2008 | Last Updated: August 20, 2021 By | 830 Replies Continue Reading
Needy Friends: A Friend Indeed?

There are some friends who feel like an emotional ball and chain. They’re always in need of one thing or another: money, favors, help, coddling, praise—or simply more time than you have to give.

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Twenty Questions: Spotting a Toxic Friendship

Published: December 4, 2007 | Last Updated: September 17, 2014 By | 9 Replies Continue Reading

Here are 20 questions to help you spot a toxic friendship.

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The marketing of friendship

Published: November 22, 2007 | Last Updated: August 22, 2022 By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

When it comes to marketing, nothing sells like youth, beauty, sex—and female friendships?

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Friendship and the couch

Published: November 15, 2007 | Last Updated: November 16, 2007 By | 3 Replies Continue Reading

In a recent article in the UK Telegraph entitled, Could friendships be ruining your life? journalist Tim Shipman reports that the American self-help industry is booming as we are becoming increasingly aware of toxic friendships. He points to the pervasive use of the term in our culture—noting the growing number of popular books and TV […]

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