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Sure, making friends isn’t always easy but sometimes knowing when to let go of the ones you’re holding onto is important. I know, it might not always be the most painless process but it’s crucial when it comes to moving forward in life.

It’s never fun to move on from people you care about but if they clearly don’t care about you, allowing them to hold space in your life is a huge mistake. Below I’m going to go over some of the different kinds of friends we seem to always make excuses for and why we shouldn’t be keeping them around. It’s not always about the number of friends you keep, sometimes the quality of friends you keep matters way more.

7 Types Of Toxic Friends You Should Be Avoiding:

1. The Friend Who Is Always Followed By Drama

Sure, a little drama here and there is bound to happen but those who do nothing but cause problems do not need to be kept around. All they do is stir the pot and cause issues for those around them. The more power you give them in your life the more frustrated you’re going to become.

2. The Friend Who Turns Everything Into A Competition

When it comes to friends and family things shouldn’t be a competition. You should be happy for one another when things are going well. This kind of friend is always trying to outdo you rather than help build you up properly, and they will never be happy for you and your accomplishments, period.

3. The Friend Who Wants Help But Refuses To Help

Sure, we all need help sometimes but if you have a friend that wants nothing but handouts all the while is never willing to return the favor you should cut ties. Helping one another out is fine but there always has to be a point where you draw the line. Things should never be one way when it comes to friendships, no matter what the past looks like.

4. The Friends Who Do Nothing But Party

I know, partying is fun but if you have a friend that is always tore up and losing sight of who they are, there is only so much you can do for them. At some point you have to come to terms with the fact that they’re dragging you down with them. You cannot help someone who refuses to help themselves.

5. The Friend Who Always Brings You Down

Friends who bring us down aren’t friends at all. They only feed off of the negativity they cause and keeping them around is doing a number on you whether you want to admit it or not. Surround yourself with people who build you up and help you grow, not those who want to see you wilt and die. You deserve those who put into you what you put into them.

6. The Friend You Know You Can’t Count On

If you can’t count on someone there is no point in keeping them around. At the end of the day you need a support system you can lean on that can also lean on you. If things are one-sided you shouldn’t be bothering with that person anymore.

7. The Friend That ‘Does No Wrong’

There will always be people you come across who think they are incapable of making mistakes and well, they’re too full of themselves to see their wrongdoings. These people will do nothing but blame their woes on others and bring you down in the end. They are as toxic as it gets.