16 August 2013 06:30 | By Denise Ngo
9 signs your friends are just using you

How to recognise and handle manipulative people



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There are all sorts of bad friends in the world, but we count manipulative people among the worst. Instead of caring about you as a person, they take what you expose to them – be it your social connections, your money, or even your weaknesses – and use it to their advantage. These are the people who befriend you just to get close to another friend, and dump you swiftly thereafter. They ask to hear about your problems just so they can one-up you with theirs. And behind every social interaction is the need to “win”. It’s terrible, but it happens to the best of us – well, especially the best of us, as manipulative friends like to take advantage of people with naïve or forgiving natures.

The worst part is, you can go for years without realizing that someone is just using you. Your gut might inform you that something’s amiss, but alas, we tend to ignore it without concrete “evidence” that the other person is bad news.

Ever get the feeling that your friends are just using you? Read on to learn about the classic behaviours of manipulative people.

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