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How to politely end a friendship: etiquette rules in difficult situations

Julia PeschanskayaLife
Etiquette rules

Many people encounter a problem when friendships no longer bring joy but become burdensome. Various factors can influence this, but you don't have to endure and force yourself to interact with the person.

In such cases, it's better to follow the rules of etiquette and terminate the relationship. OBOZREVATEL can assist you in handling this situation.

Ending a friendship should not be a negative phase in your life; you should approach it seriously to make it easier for both parties to move on. An honest conversation is always a good choice for addressing an important issue, and the key is not to ignore your friend or partner.

Natural conclusion

Frequently, people do not need to devise different ways to end a friendship because everything unfolds naturally. Typically, such relationships have long since run their course, and friends come to the realization that there is no point in continuing to communicate. Perhaps you will remain acquaintances who hold a favorable opinion of each other.

Toxic friendship

If your friend has a negative influence on you, constantly criticizes you under the pretext of wanting to help, or mocks you in front of others, then you need to end this friendship as soon as possible. It doesn't matter if it's a childhood friend or a colleague at work. The most important thing is to protect your emotional well-being and avoid any moral pressure in the relationship.

Explain that you dislike this type of interaction and no longer want such a friend. But do not raise your voice or accuse the person. It's better to discuss everything calmly to avoid creating a conflict.

No longer a need for the person

When you sense that you are no longer interested in the existing friendship, it's better to have an honest conversation with the individual. This might be important communication for them that they wouldn't want to lose. Explain calmly and without making accusations that you can remain friends. However, do not suddenly disappear or ignore the person. Express that you are always ready to offer help and support, but you no longer require, for instance, daily communication or weekend get-togethers.

Earlier, OBOZREVATEL published etiquette rules explaining how to politely cancel a job interview.

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