Tumblrweed Posted October 4, 2016 Share Posted October 4, 2016 I have some conflicting thoughts and I thought I'd pose them to the people on this forum. I've been a really passive person even when it comes to relationships, so I tend to be taken as friendly when I am affirming and polite. My best friend from elementary had many close friends into high school, and my friend group in high school was focused around playing D&D rather than interacting outside of the game. Despite this, people seem to like me and call me their friend. There was even a girl in college I became friends with after we bonded over the vlogbrothers and lgbt issues, only to find myself drained by trying to maintain a platonic relationship with her. I understand that it's impossible to be friends with everyone (maybe it's even impossible to want to associate with everyone who is kind to you), and I am grateful for the time that these people have shared with me. I just feel really bad that I don't find it as satisfying as they seem to... With romantic relationships, I often see media that presents breaking up as an option to ending the relationship. If one person is not invested in the relationship, I think it's ethical to tell the other person and transition the relationship to something else that fits their needs. But is there something similar to breaking up in a platonic relationship? I don't want the other person to wait for me to want to meet up when I don't, but pulling them aside and saying "we're not friends anymore" seems like a bad approach. My question is: how do you end a friendship when it's not working for you? Do you avoid them forever? Tell them you don't want to meet up again? Something else? 4 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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