well ok that makes some sense but what about a contact that shows 5 linked contacts?
Again, you failed to disclose what kind of phone you are using. I will reiterate that whenever you ask for help, you must include this info and the OS version.
Again, assuming you are using a Sense device, if one contact is showing 5 links, that means you have have a contacts in multiple accounts that seem like they may be the same person. For example, there may be a person in your Gmail, facebook, twitter, and a similar contact in your phone, or second gmail account, if you have one synced, that may be the same person. If they are not the same person, you have to open the contact and tap the link icon. Then you will find the option that says something like "remove suggested links" or something to that extent. Then, you would link this particular contact manually.