The 7 Types of Friends Everyone Needs in Their Life

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Friends are unquestionably a Good Thing. Friends are the spices in the recipe, the twigs on the tree of life, the Harry Winston accessories on the evening gown that is You – but of course they’re not all the same. Whether you have a wide social circle or you prefer to keep just a select few close to you, here are 7 types of friends you should try to keep handy:

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The Oddball

Every social group, no matter the size, has a “crazy one.” This is the person whose life is like a soap opera, with adventures and crises and drama that you can only stand by and helplessly watch. The Oddball is entertaining and always good for a night out, but he also reminds you to be glad for how relatively stable your own life is.

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The Guide

The polar opposite of the Oddball, the Guide is the one who has got everything figured out. She’s wise, knowledgeable, steady, and is always ready to give you advice when you ask for it, and straight talk when you need it. Sometimes you may resent the Guide for interfering, but she’s usually right.

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The Confidant

When you’re alone and awake at four in the morning, and you have something that you desperately need to get off of your chest, who do you call? Your Confidant, that’s who. Your Confidant will never betray your secrets, will never be angry that you woke him up to complain about how you can’t sleep, and is always on your side. Ideally, you’re his confidant too, so you both benefit from Free Friend Therapy. These heart-to-hearts can be exhausting, so you may not want to get so intense all the time, but confessions are cathartic, so hopefully you won’t have to.

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