Every individual makes various friends throughout our life. Some people can make friends easily, while some may struggle. Friendship is one of the major relationships in our lives. Sadly, a lot of us part ways with our friends. On the other hand, many people are unaware that toxicity does not limit to your family and love interests. Toxicity in friendships exists too, and it can affect a person’s mental health significantly.
Initially, you may neglect or be unaware of the signs that your friend(s) is showing. Remember, you are not alone. Speak to Tulsa Counseling to get over your emotions and get the needed emotional support.
Often, teenagers and younger adults become a victim of toxic friend circles. Now, here is something you need to understand. Your friend being ‘toxic’ can come in many ways, and the definition of ‘toxic friendship’ varies from person to person. Nevertheless, below are a few signs you should not neglect.
- Your friend always criticizes your interests and skills.
Every human has different skills and talents. What skills your friend has, you may not possess the same. However, if your friend constantly makes you feel bad about liking something or having certain skills, it is time to evaluate your friendship with them. Your friends are supposed to support and appreciate your skills instead of making you feel bad.
- Your friend makes you feel inferior in front of them and others.
You and your friends may joke around about a lot of things. However, you may notice your friends constantly making fun of you or making you feel inferior to them or others. Minor signs you can notice include your friend pointing out something you don’t have while they have. They are constantly talking about what they have and making you feel you are inferior just because they own a certain thing.
- They do not respect your personal space.
For every individual, personal space matters the most. No matter how close you are to someone, not everyone would feel comfortable with someone invading their privacy constantly. Your friend may try to get involved in every aspect of your life. Additionally, when you point them out, you may notice your friend making you feel guilty in return.
- They do not respect your feelings.
After you start noticing your mental health is affected by the other person’s behavior, you should confront your friend and discuss what makes you feel that way. If your friend does not respect your feelings and tries to make you feel bad for expressing your opinions or feelings, take it as a red flag!