9 signs it's time to end a friendship, according to therapists
- Sometimes, you and a friend may not click the way you once did.
- Whether you've grown apart or the relationship has become toxic, at some point, you may need to break up with a friend.
- Here, three therapists weigh in regarding signs it's time to end a friendship.
At some point, you may feel that you and a friend don't connect anymore, whether you find you have less in common or feel they're treating you differently lately and are subtracting from your life more than adding to it.Like a romantic relationship, you may know it's not working out, but when it comes time to breaking up with them, it's easier said than done. However, sometimes, there are signs it's time to dump a friend.
"We crave connection and to build a pack around us," Kailee Place, licensed professional counselor (LPC) at her private practice, Shifting Tides Therapeutic Solutions, in Charleston, South Carolina, told Business Insider in an email. "We may have different groups of friends that serve different purposes - from friends who enjoy going on adventures to ones who may indulge our homebody side - and healthy friendships allow us to be authentic, comfortable, and loved."
Place said the common theme in working friendships is having a friend who leaves you feeling supported and cared for. "Occasionally, friendships go sour, and it's incredibly hard to cut off a friend, but keeping a toxic friend around is draining," she said. "In the long run, it's better to cut ties, and find people who appreciate and support you."
To Place's point, if you're not sure whether or not to cut someone out of your life, here are 9 signs it's time to end a friendship, according to therapists.