An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind.

It is really hard to find someone whom you can call a “true best friend” because it seems like they come and go very soon. Fortunately, you have that few friends where you can trust them anytime. They’re completely honest and you can talk about any intimate things very openly. Real friends will always understand you and accept you the way you are.

Sometimes it’s very hard to know if a friend is sincere and trustworthy.

Here are some of the common traits of fake friends that you need to be well aware of.

01. You will only hear from them when they need something from you

You would recognize that they are the kind of people who will generally act very sweet when they need something from you. You might have not heard from these people for a long time, but suddenly they will start to get in touch with you when they have a need to fulfil through or from you. They only call you to ask favours from you.

If you recognize that a certain friend only talk with you to use your time, effort and money, make sure you keep a distance when associating such people.

02. They Disappear When You Need Them

Fake friends would not respond back to you when you need them. These people will use your time and effort to benefit themselves but they are nowhere to be found when you require some help.

03. They May Fish For Information

Certain friends will only associate you to know a certain information which can give them a financial or competitive benefit. This type of fake friends are very dangerous as they might use the information they gathered from you to destroy you.

04. They Put You Down

“You can’t be friends with someone who wants your life” Oprah Winfrey

A true friend will encourage you towards the positive things in life as they are proud of your success. They want to see your smile every day. The fake friend secretly hates you. They will show you a fake love and wish you would fail. Instead of chasing their own dreams, they want yours to be destroyed. They will smile to your face and will stab you in the back at the same time.

05. Hurtful Behaviour

They just want what they can get from you, and they don’t care what you have sacrificed for them. They make you feel like your friendship depends on following their lead. Therefore they will start manipulating you or control you. They make you feel bad whenever you go against their will.  It’s better to be friends with people who appreciate and respect your freedom to make your own choices.

In most of the cases you will find many fake friends, but with your life experiences it help you to understand people and their intentions. Just make it a rule in life to only make an effort for someone who values it.