Cut Your Ties: 7 Toxic Friends You Need to Kick to the Curb

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Debbie Downer
Some people have really hard lives. It's true. And often they need a lot of support and help. But when every single cloud in the sky becomes a reason to complain ... more 
Photo by: istockphotos
Debbie Downer
Some people have really hard lives. It's true. And often they need a lot of support and help. But when every single cloud in the sky becomes a reason to complain about rainstorms that haven't even happened, it can be too much for any friend to deal with. All that negativity can be soul-sucking, and we kind of need our souls to be in top-notch condition. So if you notice that you're hanging around someone who can't seem to shine a ray of light on anything, ever, it might be time to hand them some rose-colored glasses and move on.
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Mon, Aug 12, 2013 12:07 PM EDT
Lost friendships - we've all endured them. For me, it happened back in high school. At the time, my previous friends and I were losing common ground, heading in different directions, and I was feeling a little alone. What I really wanted was just one companion I could relate to, someone to eat lunch and hang out with on the weekends. I didn't think that was asking for too much. But, before too long, it seemed I'd found her. We were fast friends, eating lunch together, hanging out on weekends and the like. Suddenly, we became best friends. In fact, I was her only friend. She didn't know what she would do without me. However, our friendship didn't work out and she ended up as a bit of a Trojan horse: amazing and awe-inspiring on the outside, but filled with subterfuge. As her only friend, I was surprised to discover how many parties she didn't invite me to, and how little I actually knew about her life. Relationships are like that sometimes. You think you've found someone you really connect with, only to realize you're involved with a bad friend that drains you emotionally and mentally. Finding a true friend is truly a rare thing. That's not to say that true friendship won't be difficult or have rough patches, of course! After all, we all make mistakes, have hard times, and sometimes we do stupid, thoughtless things. But if those things dominate your friendship and leave you feeling exhausted, emotionally depleted, and depressed, instead of happy, refreshed, and validated, it's a good bet that it's time to move on up. In honor of Friendship Day, here are 7 toxic friends you should kick to the curb. - By Lizzie Heiselt



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