Sometimes an unpredictable “bestie” can be your worst enemy. Here’s how to spot the cracks in your friendship circle.
You know the type: she nags you for a one-on-one catch-up, then invites a bunch of people you don’t know to join you. Or she guilt-trips you into going for dinner, then spends the evening criticising your life. Experts call these people “ambivalent” friends because they’re unpredictable – sometimes they’re supportive, but they can also be hostile or aloof. And they have more of an influence on you than you might think.