Toxic relationships are like poison

Lots of things shape how you view yourself. One major factor is who you hang out with.

Your friends can make you feel good about yourself—or make you feel lousy. If that’s the pattern, you could actually be in a toxic relationship. Many people don’t even realize the negative effects their “friends” are having on them. Or they may think they’re being treated badly because they’ve done something wrong. When you have a toxic friend it’s like poison on your self-esteem. And the longer you’re in that situation, the more draining and dangerous it gets.

There’s nothing wrong with examining your friendships to see if they’re healthy. That’s true even if you’ve been close to a person for a long time. Is there a friendship you question? Take the quiz below to see if it’s toxic.

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