Toxic Friendships - Saying Goodbye

This week, Imagine Hope is discussing 5 different tips to getting out of a toxic friendship.  If you haven't read our earlier blogs, feel free to go back and check out the first 3 tips from earlier this week! So far, we have talked about recognizing what your role is in allowing the toxic relationship to continue, we have encouraged you to talk a neutral party and to set boundaries with the relationship.  What can you do if that isn't working?

End the relationship 

If you cannot reason with the person, or if they continue to act in the same way, you may have to end the friendship.  Speak with the person in a gentle and loving manner. Although ending the friendship can be very difficult, ultimately, it can lead to a happier-- and healthier-- life.

Suggest help

In extreme cases, you may want to suggest that the person get professional help.  Approach this delicate subject carefully, as they may not be open to the suggestion.

Friendships should be about give and take;  both parties should have their needs met.  After all, that's what makes it a relationship!  Learn how to recognize toxic friendships so that you can avoid them and have a healthier physical, emotional and spiritual life.

Joleen Watson, MS, NCC, LMFT is a therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. She enjoys doing marriage counseling, relationship counseling, couples counseling, and individual counseling.  Imagine Hope also specializes in family, child and adolescent counseling and serves Indianapolis area including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Noblesville, Zionsville, Westfield, and Fishers.