Some women have difficulty letting go of a difficult relationship or one that is no longer healthy. There are many reasons for this, including blaming self, making excuses for the other, trying to change the other, low self-esteemed, or a perceived feeling that they “need” that person for something. When a relationship is not working, it is difficult to confront the other. But is is necessary for your health and well-being. When confronting the other, there are a few tips you should follow. Let them know you want to talk, choose a neutral, public location to meet, use “I” statements, and own your feelings. Then, listen to what your friend has to say in response. See if you can come up with a solution, then take time to think about it. Ultimately, you must decide when it’s time to let go of the relationship.
- Many people believe they can help or change the ones they love so they overlook issues and red flags.
- Many times the friend who is being unkind or bullying the other has more social power.
- When you want to have an open conversation about friendship issues, do it somewhere that is neutral and/or public.
“Every healthy relationship usually involves compromise and adjusting to others’ needs or wants.”