If you are wondering if it is time to let a friendship go, ask yourself these three questions:
If someone brings you down or if you’re consistently avoiding someone, it may be time to end the friendship or at least “take a break” from the relationship.
First: Tell yourself not to feel guilty.
Many socially connected people assume they should be able to “fix” a relationship that is falling apart or falling away. Unfortunately, they are taking on way too much responsibility for others, though, if they make that assumption. If you’ve given a failing relationship a fair chance and you have tried to address the issue with the other person, but are just not getting what you need from the relationship, it is absolutely okay to move on.
Think about it – would you rather have a friend who only hangs out with you due to her own guilt or someone who chooses to hang out with you because she think you are just absolutely awesome to be around?
Second: Remind yourself that friendships are relationships of choice.
Friendships must be mutual in order for them to be considered true friendships. You can’t choose family, but you can definitely choose your friends. It’s more than okay to be selective when you build your friendscape.
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