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Toxic Friends

4 Signs You May Be Living With Dysfunction

Rachel Finn | Posted 11.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Rachel Finn

Living with dysfunction starts when your life, or another person's life, ceases to operate normally or properly. Of course, you may now be asking that eternal question: "What is normal?" But perhaps it's better to ask: "What ISN'T normal?"

5 Emotions to Expect After Walking Away From a Problem Person

Rachel Finn | Posted 11.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Rachel Finn

I experienced an array of emotions when I cut ties with my alcoholic father, and for me it was an emotionally conflicting time. Below are five emotions to expect when you choose to cut ties and walk away from someone in your life.

Will You Come to My Funeral?

Audrey van Petegem | Posted 06.17.2014 | Fifty
Audrey van Petegem

During a conversation I was having with my husband about an old friend, I asked him, "Would you go to his funeral?" My husband pondered this and responded, "No, probably not."

When Female Friendship Fades: 5 Signs It's Time to Cut the Cord on a Failing Friendship

Patricia Leavy, PhD | Posted 08.02.2014 | Women
Patricia Leavy, PhD

Sometimes we wonder if we're the problem, or if it really is her. Then there's the issue of mixed feelings because at some point she had been a good friend, and you feel badly the relationship has changed. But is that a good reason to hang on?

5 Ways To Disconnect From A Toxic Relationship

Susie Moore | Posted 07.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Susie Moore

Remember, you come first. No one will treat you with love or respect unless you do so first for yourself. Releasing non-supportive relationships are one of the first ways to do this!

15 Relationship Red Flags You Should Never Ignore

Brenda Della Casa | Posted 05.14.2014 | Divorce
Brenda Della Casa

Ever feel as though you always find yourself in situations with the slightly shady? Take off the rose-colored glasses and pay attention to these bright red flags.

7 Ways to Keep Your Sanity When You Live With Toxic People

Amandah Blackwell | Posted 02.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Amandah Blackwell

Living with toxic people can drain your energy, and they can make you sick. How? By transferring their negative energy to you. If you can't move out, don't worry. You can keep your sanity and thrive. But it will take determination on your part.

5 Questions To Ask Before Ending A Friendship

Shasta Nelson, M.Div. | Posted 08.21.2013 | Women
Shasta Nelson, M.Div.

Very few people are actually "toxic" (a word thrown around way too easily these days!), but that is not to say that the friendship you co-created with someone might not be meeting your needs anymore.

7 Toxic Friends You Didn't Know You Had

Posted 08.20.2013 | OWN

These friendships aren't as healthy as they might seem

WATCH: 6 Types Of People You Should Never Confide In

OWN | Posted 06.06.2013 | OWN

Shame and vulnerability researcher Dr. Brené Brown is a big proponent of allowing yourself to open up and be vulnerable. But even this candid public ...

Signs Of A Toxic Friendship, From Dr. Irene Levine (WATCH)

Posted 08.13.2013 | MarloThomas

How do you know when a friendship is broken beyond repair? Friendship expert Dr. Irene Levine outlined the three signs of a toxic friendship when she ...

How To Break Up With A Friend, From Dr. Irene Levine (WATCH)

Posted 08.13.2013 | MarloThomas

Everybody has their limits! This week on Mondays With Marlo, friendship expert Dr. Irene Levine told me that you should give your friends the benefit ...

Why Toxic People Aren't All Bad

Shasta Nelson, M.Div. | Posted 07.31.2013 | Healthy Living
Shasta Nelson, M.Div.

We do not become the people who this world needs simply by turning our backs on anyone we don't like, trust, or deem healthy enough to be in our presence. No, in fact, those are exactly the people we need to let into our lives. Not just for their sake, but for ours.

When To Let Go Of A Toxic Person

Nancy Colier | Posted 04.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Nancy Colier

Spirituality is not about becoming the person that you are supposed to be, or about doing the "spiritual" thing. To be spiritual is to compassionately welcome your truth -- what you actually feel -- whether you like that truth or not.

4 Steps To Forgiveness

Randy Kamen Gredinger, Ed.D | Posted 12.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Randy Kamen Gredinger, Ed.D

Forgiveness means giving up the suffering of the past and being willing to forge ahead with far greater potential for inner freedom. Besides the reward of letting go of a painful past, there are powerful health benefits that go hand-in-hand with the practice of forgiveness.

7 Tips: The Dos and Don'ts of Toxic Friendships

Janice Taylor | Posted 12.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Janice Taylor

Negative people often do slow us down and drain our energy, as well as create stress and anxiety, none of which is useful or helpful. What to do?

How To Love Yourself In 6 Steps

| Posted 07.26.2012 | Teen

By Jenn Here at CollegeCandy, we write a lot of how-to posts. But for this particular how-to, I wanted to go a little less glam, and a little bit m...

Help! How Do I Dump A Toxic Friend?

| Posted 04.26.2012 | Teen

By Brenda Salinas As survivors of Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts and summer camp, teenagers know that BFFs aren’t always forever. Unfortunately, that...

Strindberg & Helium: What Can a Cartoon Show us about Unbalanced Friendships?

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 06.17.2012 | Women
Brandi Megan Granett

I've always wondered how you could be a good friend, set boundaries, and still be connected meaningfully to the people you care for -- even if they have a tough time caring for themselves.

10 Ways To Look Your Best In 2012 -- Without Dieting!

Posted 02.29.2012 | Home

January has arrived, which means we are being bombarded with gym membership emails, we can't go to the drug stop without seeing magazine covers about ...

Can That Friendship Be Salvaged?

Shasta Nelson, M.Div. | Posted 01.07.2012 | Women
Shasta Nelson, M.Div.

When we label a person, we are buying in to a fear-based belief system that people are inherently one thing: unhealthy or healthy, bad or good, toxic or non-toxic.

Carolyn Gregoire

Bullied Girls Speak Out in New Film

HuffingtonPost.com | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 11.29.2011 | Home

Gossip, rumors, backstabbing, betrayal, love triangles, drama, jealousy and manipulation. No, this isn’t an episode of Gossip Girl. It’s the real ...

4 Consequences to Labeling a Friend 'Toxic'

Shasta Nelson, M.Div. | Posted 11.27.2011 | Women
Shasta Nelson, M.Div.

Do a google search with two words that by definition shouldn't be in the same sentence, "avoid" and "friend," and you'll get a list of 409,000,000 articles helping you figure out which friends to drop.

Changing places and changing friendships

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Irene S. Levine

QUESTION Dear Irene, I have never been the type to initiate friendships, although I can usually guess pretty accurately whether I'll end up being fr...

Girl-Hate-Girl Action

Rachel Bertsche | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Rachel Bertsche

Everyone has someone they can't be friends with.