Women Beware Of Toxic Friends

by Linda Franklin – The Real Cougar Woman

Toxic_friends_600x369 Our friends are supposed to be our closest confidantes and support network. But for many of us, they can be more of a hindrance than a help.

According to a new survey, conducted by Self Magazine  84 per cent of women struggle with so-called ‘toxic friends’who are self-absorbed, emotionally draining, critical or backstabbing.  By the way, men didn’t fare much better, with three-quarters admitting to a bad friend relationship.

If 59 per-cent of the women polled accused their closest acquaintances of being an emotional ‘vampire’ – draining all their good energy, how come they are still considered friends?  Puzzling isn’t it?


  1. Self-absorbed
  2. Emotional vampires
  3. Over-critical
  4. Backstabbing
  5. Unreliable

Though a third admitted that they would end a friendship with someone who was untrustworthy, 83 per cent said that they had let a friendship drag on longer than it should have done because the prospect of ‘breaking up’ was too daunting.

Dr Gail Saltz, associate professor of psychiatry at New York Presbyterian Hospital, added: ‘The reason it’s hard to dump a toxic friend is the same reason people stay in all kinds of dysfunctional relationships. There’s something in it that you find compelling or familiar.

The best thing you can do for yourself is start evaluating your friendships.  If the negatives outweight the positives, then get out before something happens that really threatens your well being.

The Real Cougar Woman is a 5-carat diamond who knows the importance of taking care of her health, beauty, relationships, finances and spirituality.  Linda Franklin says,”there is no stopping a woman who has a strong belief system, passion and a dream. All things are possible”. Linda’s book, Don’t Ever Call Me Ma’am helps women of all ages tap into their power and live life to the fullest.

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