What is a Fair-weather Friend?
A fair-weather friend is defined as a person whose friendship cannot be relied on in times of difficulty. Although different to frenemies, fair-weather friends are almost always unreliable. Mary and Sienna discuss their experiences with fair-weather friends.
How to Spot a Fair-weather Friend
Is your friend always agreeing to hang out and then flaking on you at the last minute? Does your friend talk about themselves way more than they listen to what you have to say? Is your friend talking about you behind your back? Well, you may have yourself a “fair-weather friend”. Mary and Sienna share some stories about fair-weather friends and how they dealt with those situations.
How to Spot a Real Friend
Sometimes real friends can be difficult to find, but it’s not always as hard as it seems! Mary and Sienna share a list of a few sure fire ways to spot a true friend. It turns out that a real friend will celebrate your successes and genuinely want to see you succeed in all aspects of your life! How sweet is that?
What is a Frenemy?
A frenemy is defined as a person with whom one is friendly despite a fundamental dislike or rivalry. Basically if you have any long-standing beef with someone, you might just have a frenemy on your hand. According to Sienna, there’s nothing better than a frenemy because it’s “the spice of life!”
How to Spot Frenemies and Squash the Beef
Frenemies can be hard to spot, but the first thing you should do is step back and take a look at your friend group because that might just lead you back to the source of all the drama. If your friend is spreading rumors about you and still being friendly to your face, you probably have a frenemy on your hands.
- Do Your Friends Actually Like You? by Kate Murphy for The New York Times.
- How to Handle a Fair-weather Friendship by WikiHow.
- How to Deal With Fair-Weather Friends by Lauren Gold for The Frisky.
- How to Deal with Frenemies by WikiHow.
- 12 Signs Someone Isn’t Really Your Friend by Noelle Devoe for Seventeen Magazine.
Tune in next week for Episode 8: Friend Poaching
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Hosted by Mary Akemon and Sienna Mooney
Produced by Alex Papworth
Music by Max Wallace
Episode illustration by Maddy Vian
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