Healthy friendships are based on mutual respect. In unhealthy friendships, people ridicule one another, gossip or spread rumors, or act mean to one another.
Healthy friendships allow each other to grow and change. Unhealthy friendships are threatened when one person grows or changes.
Healthy friendships are not possessive. Unhealthy friendships are threatened by other people.
Healthy friendships nourish you and add to your life. Unhealthy friendships leave you feeling empty and drained.
Healthy friendships accept you for who you are. Unhealthy friendships require you to act the way someone else wants you to be in order to be accepted.
Healthy friendships allow you to have your feelings. Unhealthy friendships only accept certain feelings.
Healthy friendships respect differences. Unhealthy friendships demand conformity.
Healthy friendships are safe and secure. In unhealthy friendships, trusts are broken, secrets are shared, and confidentialities are betrayed.
In healthy friendships, both people are committed to the friendship. In unhealthy friendships, only one is.
Healthy friendships are not about power or status. Unhealthy friendships look to take advantage of another person’s social standing in order to improve their own.