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How do you end a friendship?

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Calvin77
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Have you ever had to end a friendship? Maybe you fell out over something, there was a break of trust, or you just grew apart? If so, how did you do it?! 🤔 How do you know when to end a friendship and what's the best way to do it? Asking for a friend... :P!

 

 

Candy
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That's such a good question! Personally, I think I would just stop responding to them 😅 And when they eventually ask if something is up, I guess I would tell them why I think we shouldn't be friends anymore. I'm actually experiencing something like this right now. I used to have a friend in Cape Town who was like a sister to me. The last time I visited, I saw her very briefly and we made further plans to have a beach day together before I left. But when the day came, she had to "help her mum hang up curtains". This, along with many other things, made me realise that it's not really a friendship I need to be investing any more time and energy into, so I just stopped texting her. To be honest, it was a long time coming and I think we both realised there's no point in pretending that we still need each other, which is also good because there are no hard feelings. I think in the past I would also just stop hanging out with people until they get the message 🙈, but now that I'm older, I think I would discuss it with them if they ask.
Calvin77
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2 hours ago, Bethnicles said:

 But when the day came, she had to "help her mum hang up curtains". 

LOL! That's definitely a sign that the friendship may be over 😂 In that situation when you're mutually agreed that the friendship is over then that makes it easier for sure. I think the hardest thing must be when the person you're ending the friendship with doesn't really understand why you want to do that or can even see the negative qualities which may be upsetting you! 

I agree as well, it might be good to speak to them direct rather than ghosting but it's so tricky. I think most people would prefer honesty where possible, though. Unless, of course, they did something really bad then I guess it's just easier to cut them out?

 

Lizzie
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Such a tricky question! I'm definitely a person who would try and avoid someone and see if the friendship kind of naturally faded away from both sides. I hate conflict and confrontation lol so I'd unfortunately probably be quick to hop on the ghosting train. 🙇🏼‍♀️ If the person however would not take the hint, or persist in keeping the relationship going I would have to give them the reason to why I don't want to be friends anymore - unless they had done something awful and I did not care to explain myself! It's also hard if you don't want to upset someone in the moment, it might feel 'easier' to be 'too busy to meet' or 'forget to reply in a timely manner' until they give up, but it's definitely not the mature, evolved advice I'd want to give 😂 /Ghoster_88

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