There are two types of “red flags” which indicate that a critical juncture in a friendship has been reached. First, there are intuitive flashes, also known as “I should’ve known better” moments. These are the red flags that come from your gut. While most of us know that it is important to trust our instincts, many of us also feel like we should give a friend the benefit of the doubt. How do you know which to choose? If one of the following red flags shows up for you, it is important to listen to your intuition:
The second type of red flag appears because of actual toxic incidents or from external evidence of a friendship’s impending implosion. These include the following scenarios:
Most of us know at some level when a friendship has turned toxic; however, we may have a hard time admitting that we made a poor choice in placing our trust in that person.
In case you need a few more hints that it is time to re-think a relationship, here are 7 situation-specific descriptions of friends who may not have your best interest at heart:
For more information, order the book Toxic Friendships: Knowing the Rules and Dealing with the Friends Who Break Them