A real friend is more than just a person who is fun to hang out with. Real friends will always be there for you and will give you support when you need it, while fake friends don't really care about you. However, sometimes it is hard to tell the difference between a real friend and a fake friend before it's too late. Lucky for you, we can help. Here are six signs you have a fake friend.
Sign 1. They always take and almost never give. Friends are supposed to look out for each other, but when it comes to fake friends, it is a one-way street. If you're always the one who provides help and support and they are never around when you need them, your friendship is definitely fake. Fake friends always have an excuse when you ask them for something.
Sign 2. They are not able to be happy for you. Sometimes we get jealous of our friends' accomplishments. It is inevitable because we are all human. But real friends are able to overcome their jealousy and be happy for each other. If your friend is never happy for you and doesn't realize that his/her jealousy is an issue, your friend is fake.
Sign 3. They are bad listeners. When you need someone to talk to, you call or meet a friend. A real friend will always listen to you gush, rant and complain, and you will do the same for them. Fake friends love to talk about themselves, but rarely want to listen to other people talk. Even if you explicitly ask for their opinion or advice, they will somehow manage to make the conversation about them.
Sign 4. One day you discover that you're the one paying for everything. Sometimes splitting the bill might be inconvenient, so friends take turns paying for each other's coffee, lunch, etc. Real friends make sure that everyone spends roughly equal amounts of money in the long run. With a fake friend, you eventually start noticing that every time you go out with them, you're the one who pays. They promise to pay the next time but never do.
Sign 5. They can never keep their promises. Since we've mentioned promises, let's dwell on this topic. Fake friends can make a lot of promises, but they have trouble keeping their word. They have really mastered the art of making last minute excuses and can probably write a book devoted to it. One day you realize that you can't rely on this “friend” of yours.
Sign 6. They are guilt trippers. A guilt tripper is a person who makes you feel guilty to manipulate you into doing something they want. If your so-called friend accuses you of not hanging out with them enough or makes you feel bad for not doing something for them (even though they never do anything for you), they're a guilt tripper. Don't let them make you do something you don't want to do.
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