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4. Friends don't shy away from your troubles

"The friend who holds your hand and says the wrong thing is made of dearer stuff than the one who stays away." (Barbara Kingsolver)   It is tough to hear the truth about yourself of your situation sometimes. In fact, in times of trouble, we sometimes tend to stick to people who flatter us instead of telling us the unflattering truth. This is not true friendship. Your real friend is the one who will say the difficult thing, the thing everyone else is avoiding because they respect you that much. Stay away from the flatterers. They are not your friends.

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