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Toxic Friends – 10 Types of Friends to Avoid

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The company we keep can make or break us. Be aware of toxic friends and avoid these ten types of friends who can do more bad than good in your life.

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A good lover can complete you and make you feel alive.

And just like that, a good group of friends too, can motivate you and cheer you up.

But on the other hand, a few bad friends can drag you into the pits or ruin your life too.

Choose your friends carefully, and always make sure that the friends closest to you are the ones that can make life better for you, and not worse.

Types of friends to avoid

Here is a list of ten types of friends that you really need to avoid.

These toxic friends may seem like fun at times or even feel like thrilling risk takers, but when the crap hits the fan, it’ll be you under it.

#1 The Cheater

Many friendships have been crumpled and crushed, because a best friend hit on a friend’s romantic partner.

To avoid making best friends with this type, avoid the sneaky flirts, the sweet talkers and generally, people who try flattering you and talking like you mean the world to them.

You’d be better off with someone who’s more true and down to earth with their claims.

#2 The Competitor

Any kind of competition is healthy in every relationship but when claws start to come out and things get extremely competitive between friends, things can get very ugly.

#3 The Leech

A friend who constantly borrows your stuff or money or depends too much on you is one that definitely needs to be avoided. No one wants a one sided relationship. If all your friend does is take from you, without giving anything back in the friendship, there’s no point in being friends anymore. If they’re looking for one, tell them to take a one way trip out of your life.

#4 The Copycat

Imitation is considered to be the sincerest form of flattery, but a friend who looks or behaves like your photocopy machine can be very scary.

#5 The Shrink

All of us confide in our friends and ask for advice, but when your BFF starts acting like a paid shrink who always picks flaws in your life or relationships, it can get very annoying and depressing. [Read: When best friends become enemies]

#6 The Selfish Friend

This type of friend can go to any lengths for their benefit, but behaves passively when you ask for help.

#7 The Wild Child

Dangerous and unstable is how you define this type. You usually get in trouble or always end up having to save your friend from trouble.

#8 The Whiner

This type of friend is never satisfied with anything they have, and they spend all their time whining and grumbling about how the world is so darn unfair to them. Stay away!

#9 The Mood Killer

This friend intentionally or unintentionally kills the mood as soon as they enter into a conversation with you. They always seem to find a flaw in anything you do or have, be it your clothes or your love life. They are like the lone dark cloud hovering over you on a sunny day. Nothing positive ever comes out of their mouth. They are never short of sarcastic comments or depressing thoughts.

#10 The Swinger

This friend is partially bonkers because their mood swings change from being nice to totally snappy in seconds without any provocation. And this friend may just use you like a punching bag to express their feelings, be it frustrations or happiness. Who needs to be around someone whose moods swing like a pendulum?

[Read: Bad friends – When to end a friendship]

Life can be a bed of roses when you have the perfect friends to share it with, but if you have to put up with these ten types of friends, all you’d find is frustrations. Spot the toxic friends in your life and stay away from them, for your own good.


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  • jareli
    February 28, 2013 | Permalink |

    but what if i end up being one of these friends, like i know i should stay away but what if my friends see me as one of these?

  • Andy
    July 12, 2013 | Permalink |

    I agree with jareli

  • bior
    August 12, 2013 | Permalink |

    then stop being one!

  • Harsha
    December 18, 2013 | Permalink |

    you can’t just look into a mirror and find out what’s wrong :)

    better ask your friends about it :P

  • Fio
    February 19, 2014 | Permalink |

    I agree you should be careful with choosing who you hang out with. But this is just nitpicking. I would not want to be friends with someone this picky! Lol

  • Duufuss
    July 21, 2014 | Permalink |

    What good is a friend if you can’t leach off of ‘em? Sheesh…

  • Chloe
    August 19, 2014 | Permalink |

    My best friend is a swinger but it’s only because she’s bipolar. I mean some days I feel like I’m laying on the ground just being kicked and others I feel as if it’s us against the world. I don’t know what to do? Any advice.

  • Margret
    November 10, 2014 | Permalink |

    The swinger? I am hoping you meant people who are not mentally ill because if you are then you’ve got a lot of nerve saying that. Only the ignorant will regress into a neanderthal and lead empty fake lives. It’s very low class to judge people that way. You ought to be ashamed of yourself. Hopefully karma is going to come knocking on your door. You should walk a mile in the mentally ill people’s shoes. That should change your ignorant offensive view. Good riddance and goodbye.

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