Tag: toxic friends

Reader Wisdom: On Handling a Toxic Friendship

Published: February 22, 2014 | Last Updated: May 11, 2024 By | 9 Replies Continue Reading

A reader explains why she hung on to a toxic friendship.

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Why Am I Attracted to Toxic Friends?

Published: October 7, 2013 | Last Updated: June 5, 2024 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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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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Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

Published: November 6, 2007 | Last Updated: July 22, 2023 By | 7 Replies Continue Reading

I read a fascinating thread on the balancing work/life forum of the Chronicle of Higher Education. The poster told about ending a friendship with a female friend who was overly critical and judgmental. (In its telling, the relationship sounded toxic to me.) In a last-ditch effort to salvage the friendship, the poster communicated her discomfort […]

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