Image by iStock. Ever had that feeling in your gut telling you you've got a fake friend in your midst? It can be hard to know for sure, and even harder to admit if you feel close to this person or you've been "friends" for a long time. Here's how to spot a fake friend, according to experts, plus how to walk away. Just like people can find themselves in toxic romantic relationships , toxic friendships are very much a thing. As licensed marriage and family therapist Tiana Leeds, M. Rather than it being a reciprocal friendship, Leeds notes fake friends do not have your best interest at heart and "view the friendship from the perspective of what they can get from you rather than a place of genuine care for you. Does this person find a way to be around when it could benefit them, but as soon as you truly need them, they disappear? Maybe they come to a party you're hosting so they can network, but when you're struggling, they're nowhere to be found.
The concept of "fake" friends.
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15 signs of a fake friend:
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