How to Know When to Break Up with a Friend

How to Know When to Break Up with a Friend

Citlaly Gonzalez, Staff Writer

Friendships play an important role in our lives and make up most of our social interactions. Though they create a positive impact on us in most cases, unhealthy behaviors in friendships can be a possibility. Like with romantic relationships, there are signs that it is time to break up. Here are some of the most crucial signs to look out for:

1. One-sided friendships: One-sided friendships can occur when an individual is putting in time and effort while not receiving the same back. This type of friendship can include simple tasks such as starting conversations. Someone who constantly begins and carries conversations without receiving the same actions from the second party may be in a one-sided friendship

2. Crossing boundaries: Crossing or disrespecting one’s boundaries can be a telling sign that it is time to end a friendship. In all forms of relationships, some boundaries are necessary. Asking invading or personal questions that one may be uncomfortable with can be a common form of crossing boundaries. Types of boundaries can vary and ultimately depend on someone’s comfort level.

3. Creation or attraction of drama: The creation or attraction of drama can severely damage a friendship. Friends who are in the center of drama have lives that are constantly filled with chaos. The drama that follows those around you will eventually begin to follow you. 

4. Betrayal of trust: In all relationships, trust is earned and plays a significant role as a friendship progresses. Betrayal of trust is one of the most telling signs that a breakup is necessary. This can include but is not limited to actions like sharing personal information. Once trust is broken, regaining it may not be possible. 

Being aware of the signs can prevent a potentially long and draining friendship. In addition, knowing when a relationship is nearing the end can prevent you from falling into situations that can be harmful to your well-being.