We all have that friend who is always mean as all heck. You catch criticism on every choice you make in your life whether you ask for it or not. Welp... It turns out they're being that blunt out of love for you!

A new study out of England found that your meanest friend might just care about you more than anyone else. The reason they're being mean is because they really, really want what's best for you in life, so they're not going to mince words when they feel like you're straying off a good path.

The researchers say, quote, "These findings help us to understand why we sometimes may try to make our loved ones feel bad, if we perceive this emotion to be useful to achieve a goal."

(Via: New York Post)