There is An Acceptable Way To Break Up With A Friend. This Is It.

1. You don’t feel like the best version of yourself around your friend.

Is hanging out with your friend a restorative moment in your week or do you feel more drained each time you talk? If it’s the latter, you may need to reconsider your friendship, said Melissa Cohen, a psychotherapist and relationship coach in Westfield, New Jersey. 

“If you dread seeing them or don’t want to respond to their texts, that’s a bad sign,” she said. “Likewise, if you feel depleted after spending time together, you’re not getting what you need from the friendship.”

2. You’re not equally supportive of each other. 

If your friends aren’t willing to be your cheerleaders and supporters, what good are they?  Your lives should complement each other and it should never feel like a competition, said Kali Rogers, the CEO and founder of Blush, an online life coaching company for girls. 

“If one or neither of you truly supports the other in their life choices, endeavors or values, it’s time to call it quits,” she said. “Friends don’t tear each other down. They even put their own personal opinions aside sometimes for the sake of the friendship because it’s just that worth it.” 

3. There’s a good, legitimate reason to end things. 

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