Are Toxic Friends Bringing You Down?
Do you have a Chronic Downer or an Underminer in your life? Time to let her go!
Do you have a toxic friend in your life? If you do, odds are, you’re not alone. TODAY.com and SELF.com recently revealed the results of a survey they called the “Toxic Friends” survey: Out of 18,000 women, a whopping 84 percent reported that they had at least one poisonous pal leaking awfulness into their lives. At least one? How many of them had more than one?
The survey found that there are five common breeds of toxic friends out there. What are these breeds and what characterizes each of them? Let’s take a look, and to up the ante a bit, let’s match up well-known fictional characters with each:
The Narcissist has an enormous ego, kind of like Dr. House.
The Chronic Downer is the kind of person who saps all your energy with their negativity and neediness, like Harry Potter’s Moaning Myrtle.
The Critic always has something to say—and it’s always about how you’re doing something wrong, like Buttercup at the beginning of The Princess Bride.
The Underminer is an expert at delivering backhanded compliments, like Bryce Dallas Howard’s character Hilly Holbrook in novel-turned-movie The Help.
The Flake does what it sounds like: flakes. Constantly. Like Friends’ Phoebe.