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Why women hold on to toxic friends?

37Our friends are supposed to be our well-wishers standing by us no matter what. However, they can also be our worst enemies reveals a recent poll that looks at toxic friendship. According to the poll eight in ten of us put up with people who cause more harm than good. While a recent survey indicates that 84 per cent of women struggle with so-called ‘toxic friends’ who are self-absorbed, emotionally draining, critical or backstabbing. Sixty-five percent of those polled complained of having a self-obsessed friend, and 59 per-cent accused their closest acquaintances of being emotional ‘vampires’ – draining all their energy reserves.Clinical psychologist and traumatologist Dr Seema Hingorrany says, “Women tend to hold on to relationships and friendships for a longer time, sometimes out of guilt or sometimes simply because of a misplaced belief that they will be able to change the situation or their friend. Also, it’s harder to part ways with someone you have known for a long time because of the familiarity you share with each other. They don’t want to turn their backs on a friend when they probably see them as needing them most.”-TNN