An untruthful and malevolent companion is more treacherous than a wild beast; the latter can injure your physical self, but the former will wound your mental well-being.
Finding a “true best friend” is an arduous task since they often come and go quickly. Nevertheless, you may have a select few friends who are trustworthy and with whom you can be candid about intimate matters. Genuine friends will always understand and accept you as you are.
However, it can be difficult to distinguish a sincere and trustworthy friend from a false one.
Here are some common traits of fake friends that you should be aware of:
1.They only contact you when they need something.
These individuals tend to be sweet and attentive only when they require something from you. You may not have heard from them for an extended period, but they will suddenly reach out to you when they have a need that you can fulfill. They only contact you when they need a favor.
If you notice that a particular friend only communicates with you to use your time, effort, or money, make sure to keep your distance from them.
2.They disappear when you need them.
Fake friends will not be there for you when you need them. They will use your time and effort to benefit themselves, but they are nowhere to be found when you require assistance.
3.They pry for information.
Some friends only associate with you to obtain information that can give them a financial or competitive advantage. These types of false friends are particularly dangerous since they may use the information they acquire from you to harm you.
4.They belittle you.
“You can’t be friends with someone who wants your life.” – Oprah Winfrey
True friends will encourage you to pursue positive endeavors since they are proud of your accomplishments. They want to see you smile every day. False friends secretly despise you. They will pretend to care for you while hoping that you fail. Instead of chasing their own dreams, they want to see yours destroyed. They will smile to your face but stab you in the back.
5.They are hurtful.
They only care about what they can obtain from you and are unconcerned about what you have sacrificed for them. They make you feel as though your friendship is contingent on obeying their commands. They will attempt to manipulate or control you, and make you feel guilty if you go against their wishes. It’s preferable to be friends with individuals who appreciate and respect your freedom to make your own choices.
In most cases, you will encounter many false friends. However, your life experiences will help you understand people and their intentions. Make it a rule to only invest your effort in individuals who value it.