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Who Is A Frienemy?
Jul 25th, 2011 by Liza Wiemer

After a few conversations with some teens, I compiled this list to help readers determine whether a friend is really a frienemy. Take a look:

A frienemy…

…goes behind your back, undermines you.

…sabotages your successes.

…will say one thing to your face, then tells someone else the opposite.

…blames you for his poor choices or actions.

…will use subtle and not so subtle putdowns to eat at your self-esteem.

…makes you have self-doubts.

…has to ‘one up’ you all the time.

…shows off.

…encourages failure not success or encourages you to do something that seems unattainable or dangerous.

…tells your secrets.

…laughs at you or makes fun of you, especially in front of others (And often says, “I was joking.” Can’t you take a joke?”)

If you have a frienemy in your life, my advice is to break off this relationship. Clearly, it’s unhealthy.

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