There are some friends who are so needy that the friendship begins to weigh you down like an emotional ball and chain. They're always in need of one thing or another: money, favors, help, coddling, praise---or simply more time and attention than you are able or willing to give.
Like a wailing toddler, they can be so demanding that their friendship becomes fatiguing. You begin to dread their calls, texts or emails---but you feel guilty about it. What kind of person would put up with a friend like that? Many people do:
Once you begin to recognize that a friendship is a drag, you've taken the first step in relieving yourself of the burden.
Here are 5 options for unloading a needy friendship:
Remember, the term toxic friendship refers to a relationship that is consistently negative and draining. It is the pattern, not the one-time or occasional lapses that predictably occur between good friends. If your truly needy friend has been that way for some time, the real possibilities of changing the relationship verge on hopeless.
Whether it's with a friend or a relative, many of us get involved with people whose needs can never be satiated. No matter what you give, what you do, how much, or how often, it will never be enough. Since character tends to endure, this person probably treats everyone else the same way she treats you. It's likely that many of her friends have already dropped out of the picture and that's why she is so dependent on you.
Have you experienced a needy friend? Any luck divesting yourself of the relationship or remedying it?