How and when to break up with a 'toxic' friend
A relationship expert has given some invaluable tips on how to know whether a friendship is just going through a rocky phase or it's time to throw in the towel.
Many women often have tales about their "frenemy" - a person who says she's a friend but acts more like an enemy, has landed them in the clink, and many can relate to having a friendship with someone who's more than a little toxic.
According to Stacy Kaiser, author of 'How to Be a Grownup', it's actually quite easy to determine whether a friendship is worth fighting for.
Kaiser says that there are three easy signs to know it's time to break up, the Huffington Post reported.
Firstly, you get very little, or nothing, back or nothing for what you give and it's very one-sided.
Secondly, you spend too much time gossiping about her. If she's the topic of conversation on a regular basis and has you so frustrated that you can't even think straight, that's a big red flag.
Lastly, you've already gone a round or two and forgiven her in the past, but there comes a point when you realize it's a pattern and it's not going to change.
Now that you've decided the breakup has to happen, how do you do it?
Kaiser says if you feel like the relationship has run its course, the only thing left is to be clear and honest, but also kind and respectful because while it's important to make decisions that best fit your own life, don't lose your dignity in the process by hitting below the belt.