Friendships aren’t foul proof. Like any type of relationship, they take work, too. But there are seven ways in particular that you can destroy a friendship that are especially brutal.
- Being too clingy. Especially if it’s a new friendship, it can come off as too much.
- Having an ulterior motive. Do not become friends with someone because they’re rich, are friends with someone you want to be friends with, etc.
- Being too competitive. Don’t feel like you need to “do better” than your friends, it’s tiring for others and for you, too.
- Teasing or insulting banter. This is something you need to earn. It’s one thing if you’ve known each other for a while and have that type of relationship, but if it’s a new friendship, don’t do it.
- Using your friend as a therapist. Of course, turn to friends for advice but if you find yourself needing more help, seek a professional.
- Gossiping about them. It will likely get back to them and the more you gossip, the less people trust you.
- The one-sided friendship. You both should be putting time and effort into the friendship.