We share the most precious bonds with our friends. It is said that friends are the family we choose and this is true for many reasons. Our friends play many roles in our lives including close friends, partners, siblings, family members and more. However, no matter how special this bond is, friendship can be trickier than we imagine. Although we have an abundance of love and appreciation for our friends in our hearts, sometimes these powerful feelings cause us to turn a blind eye to the negative ways they affect our lives. It can have bad effects on our mind. Therefore, it is important to know the common warning signs that someone is toxic and harmful to our mental health. When we see such indications within our friendship, we should be prepared to reevaluate our relationship with that person. So, to help you discover some common warning signs to know if you’re in a toxic friendship, we contacted Delhi-based psychologist Dr Parul Adlakha. Read on to learn five warning signs you should be aware of.
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They don’t respect your boundaries
Dr Parul explained, “Some may consider ignoring your boundaries as a sign of closeness. Your friends may pressure you to go out when you are trying to rest and relax, or they may not ask for your things or make you feel uncomfortable. It seems that they consider these behaviors as signs of closeness, to access your time and things. But at the end of the day, you feel disrespected and uncared for.”
They show no liability for misconduct
According to Dr Parul, “In a toxic relationship, a friend who doesn’t take responsibility for their misbehavior with you usually apologizes and doesn’t acknowledge that their behavior is hurting you.” And this should be considered a red flag.
They make you feel guilty for spending time with others
Dr Parul said, “When a person gets jealous and possessive about spending more time with others than that person, and dismisses any attempts you make at a relationship, it’s a sign of a toxic friendship. When they constantly guilt you into not being “good friends”, even if you’ve done nothing wrong, you can rekindle your friendship. It may be time to evaluate.”
They try to change you
“If you’re in a toxic relationship with your friend, they may ask you to be someone you’re not or do things that make you uncomfortable. They may ask you to speak, dress or act differently and make you feel uncomfortable. The situation,” explained Dr Parul.
They don’t respect you in a relationship
According to Dr Parul, “Toxic friends rarely praise or compliment you and rarely make you feel good about yourself. In such relationships, you rarely feel happy or comfortable and your energy drains.”
These are some of the signs you should keep in mind while evaluating your relationship with your friends. So, on this Friends Day, don’t forget to prioritize yourself over toxic friends.