Humans are social creatures. We need other people in our lives. Many of us depend on other people in our lives. Unfortunately, there are some people that do nothing but make our lives worse. Do you know any of these people? If so, you may need to re-evaluate whether or not they belong in your life.
1. That person who looks down on you for being you.
You have a right to be whoever you want to be. You can drink, be in a relationship, dress how you like, and spend time with whoever you like. If people look down on you for behaving in a way that they do not approve of, that person does not deserve to be in your life.
2. That person who only contacts you when they need something.
Some “friends” will contact you only if they need a favor. When they are in need of assistance, they will act like your best friend. When they no longer need you, they will disappear into the shadows until they need you again.
3. That person who is only there for you during your good times.
You have a good job, you have lots of friends, and everything is going well. Then, you lose your job and can no longer spend as much money on social outings. Some of your friends may disappear, but a true friend will stick with you and keep you motivated. The same can be said for other rough times in your life such as losing a family member. The people who should be in your life are the ones that are there in good weather and bad.
4. That person who is only there for you in their good times.
Opposite of the previous point, there are people who are only around during their own good times. They spend this time bragging about how great they are and how well they are doing which makes you feel worse about yourself. Then, when they hit a bad patch, you no longer hear from them because they have nothing to brag about.
5. That person who always talks but never takes time to listen.
The dialogue in a friendship should go both ways. Friends need to take time to listen to each other. It is healthy for someone to pour their heart and soul out to a friend when they are sad or having problems. However, the person who talks to you about their problems also needs to take time to listen to you. It doesn’t have to be the same day, but if they always talk and never listen, you do not have time for them in your life.
6. That person who is negative about everything.
Some people will find something to complain about no matter how well things are going. It could be a beautiful, sunny day and they will complain that it’s too bright outside. People like this bring your mood down and being around them for too long just becomes annoying.
7. That person who tries to push their beliefs on you.
The world is the way it is today because people had different beliefs that they acted on. Some of the results are good and some are bad. Everyone is entitled to their own beliefs. It is okay to disagree with someone, but it is not okay for someone to try to make their beliefs apply to you if their beliefs are different from your own.
8. That person who is not respectful of your boyfriend/girlfriend.
True friends will cheer you on when you enter a new relationship. If they are genuinely worried that your boyfriend or girlfriend is bad for you, they may politely hold that opinion, but they will not try to ruin your happiness. If someone starts to treat you differently just because you are in a relationship, this person is not someone you need to be around.
On the flipside, you also have to remember your friends when you enter a romantic relationship. Make sure that you still spend enough time with your old friends instead of spending all of your time with your boyfriend or girlfriend.
9. That person who talks to you about other people when they are not there, but treats them completely differently to their face.
You may have a friend who says bad things about someone to you, but then acts like they are their best friend when they are with that person. This “friend” of yours cannot be trusted. Who knows what he/she is saying about you to other people when you are not there.
10. That person who you always call/text first but never contacts you first.
Friendships take effort. It can be exhausting always being the person to initiate contact and invite people to get together. True friends will invite each other to hang-out roughly an equal amount of times. If you are always inviting that person somewhere and you never receive invites from them, they are not your true friend.
11. That person who doesn’t want to do anything besides drink.
Let’s be honest: drinking is fun. However, there is always a time and a place for it. As you get older, you have to spend more time achieving your aspirations in life. Some people never mature to this point and all they ever want to do is drink. It’s okay for you to prefer other activities and forms of entertainment.
12. That person who is your best friend when you are alone but treats you differently when other people are around.
True friends will stick up for their friends and treat them well no matter what. Some people will be your best friend when it is just the two of you, but they will treat you completely differently when you are in a group of people. This is incredibly rude and signals that this person should no longer be considered your friend.
Get these twelve people out of your life and surround yourself with people who care about you. This will have a huge, positive impact on your life.