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Cherie Burbach

Do You Have a Toxic Friend?

By August 29, 2011

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It's surprising how much we put up with from our toxic friends. I'm as guilty of it as anyone, although I think I do a much better job giving these types of people the heave ho than I used to. I was struck by this survey from Today.com and Self about toxic friends. Eighty-four (84!) percent of women (and 75 percent of men) said, " they'd had a toxic friend at some point, with 1 in 3 survey takers fessing up to a toxic BFF."

What's more? Many of these toxic folks stayed around far too long. The survey revealed that 83 percent of people admitted that "they'd held onto a friendship longer than was healthy simply because it was hard to break up with a buddy."

Okay, now repeat after me: I deserve good people in my life.

Did you say that sentence out loud or to yourself? Do it again.

Believing you deserve good folks around you is half the battle. The other half is recognizing these toxic friends (also called frenemies) for what they are. Confronting a frenemy is never a fun thing to do, but you owe it to yourself (and to the good friends in your life) to do just that.

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