Real Friends or Fake? Red Flags That Shouldn’t Be Ignored
Friends know more about you than your parents do and constantly uplift you. From work friends to friends from home, college and camp friends, you make friends everywhere you go. Unlikely friendships from places you’d least expect are more common than you’d think, too. Old friendships are deeply rooted, where your lives can take totally different paths but you remain closer than ever.
I spoke with Dr. Joanna Petrides, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, who says, “With the expansion of social media, our social circles have grown and now there’s more ways than ever to keep in touch with friends. However, this type of progress also carries the risk of setbacks and in this case we may have wider social circles but how many of those individuals can we truly lean on as a genuine friend?”
A real friend doesn't have to talk to you on a daily basis, but it’s more about what your gut tells you about the relationship. When you go months without catching up because life gets in the way, can you instantly pick right back up and talk for hours on the phone, or is it awkward and forced? Here are red flags that shouldn’t be ignored, even with your closest friends...
How does your inner circle measure up?