How to know if you're in an unhealthy friendship — and how to get out of it
Becki Ledford, M.A., cPT @Becki_Lynn
Friendships are one of life's great joys. Not only does doing something with a friend make it more enjoyable, research has shown that friendship has academic benefits, social development benefits, and somewhat surprisingly even health benefits. The key, however, to reaping these benefits of friendship is that the friendships are high quality.
Unfortunately, some friendships are unhealthy, either because they started that way — or because that's how the relationship evolved in response to changes in one or both of the friends. How do you determine if you're in an unhealthy friendship? If you realize that you're in one, how do you get out of it? I asked psychologists, therapists, life coaches, and relationship experts, as well as those who have been in unhealthy friendships: what indicates an unhealthy friendship?
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