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How to Identify Bad Friends

Root Out Bad Friends

We all have friends in our lives that we’ve come to rely on for support, advice, and a shoulder to cry on when life gets tough. It can be difficult to identify a bad friend. Do you have a friend who always wants something from you? Who never listens when you talk? What about someone who takes your time and energy without giving anything back? If any of these sound like your friend then they might not be the best person for you to hang out with. The truth is that we all want our friendships to last, and the best way for them to do so is by being good friends ourselves.

But there are those who seem like they’re always around but never really do anything helpful or supportive. If you are constantly feeling disappointed with the people in your life, it is time to reassess who you consider a friend.

If you think someone is using you as an emotional crutch without doing anything beneficial to you, then it’s time to take action. That has to be done before it becomes even more unhealthy than it already is.

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Types of Bad Friends

It’s great to have a range of personalities in your friendship circle. Especially if your friends have positive traits. You need to stop being friends with people who are not good for you.

1. Ask yourself: do you feel good after spending time with this person?

2. Is this person helping you grow as a person?

3. Does this person make you feel happy and positive?

If the answer to any of these questions is no, then it is time to stop being friends with them. You deserve friends who make you feel good about yourself.

However if most of your friends in your circle repeatedly negative display the traits mentioned below, it’s time to reflect. These are just some of the negative personality types that you may prefer to avoid.

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The Ego

The Ego loves to spread its own knowledge and viewpoint, but typically not for helping other people. They can’t get enough of our own voice. Oh, how they relish talking about themselves. They often have numerous loud opinions that they cannot backup when challenged.

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The Fan

To this personality type, you are the embodiment of perfection. You can’t put a foot wrong. But nobody is perfect, we all make mistakes. The Fangirl/boy has hidden motives, but they may not even be conscious of them. You know what they say: if it seems too good to be true, it usually is. The same goes for this negative personality type.

The Gossip

Someone who always seems to have dirt on everyone, and likes to talk about it? Guess what – they also enjoy gossiping about you behind your back. Don’t stoop to their level and gossip with them. Otherwise you could find yourself the main topic of their gossip sessions.

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The Narcissist

The narcissist only cares about how others can be helpful to her. If this person is in your inner circle, walk the other way! They’ll manipulate you into getting what they want. They will argue with you if they don’t. They will only create feelings of insufficiency and guilt within you. Furthermore they will soon dump you as a friend.

The Moaner

This negative type takes pleasure in seeing how all your ideas will not work. It is a miracle when they don’t say the word “But.” They will always draw attention to the obstacles to your success. They will be always inventing problems that could occur. Moaners will forever build walls where there are none.

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The Vampire

The Vampire has the ability to zap your energy and pout the Kabosh on all your aspirations. This personality type is emotionally exhausting and is usually boring, as they tend to be very repetitive.


We must realize that we cannot change a person. So, if someone is not ready to change his habits, then it is better to move on. If you keep finding yourself in a situation where you are constantly being let down, or if you are feeling stressed by the relationship, then it is time to say goodbye to this bad friend.

This is not the time to worry about offending them. Just tell the person you no longer wish to be friends. First and foremost: It’s time to cut ties with this person!

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