Monday, March 20, 2023

How To Handle One-Sided Friendships

 One-sided friendships can be challenging and unfulfilling for the person who feels like they are doing all the work to maintain the relationship.  It can be frustrating and hurtful when friends only contact you when they need something from you. While it's important to be there for your friends when they need you, it's also important to have balanced and mutually supportive relationships.

If you're feeling used by your friends, it may be helpful to have an honest conversation with them about how you feel. Let them know that you value your friendship, but that you feel like you're only being contacted when they need something. It's possible that they're not aware of how their behavior is affecting you.

It's also important to set boundaries and communicate your own needs. Let your friends know what you need from them in order to feel valued and supported in the friendship. If your friends are unwilling or unable to respect your boundaries and needs, it may be time to reassess the relationship and whether it's worth maintaining.

   It can be frustrating and disheartening when one person is putting in all the effort while the other seems disinterested or takes the friendship for granted. However, it's important to remember that people have different personalities, priorities, and communication styles, and some individuals may not be as expressive or proactive in maintaining friendships as others. If you feel like you're in a one-sided friendship, it's important to communicate your feelings and needs to your friend. They may not even realize that they are not putting in as much effort as you are. If they are receptive and willing to work on the friendship, it's worth trying to improve the dynamic. However, if they are not responsive or continue to take the friendship for granted, it may be time to reevaluate whether this friendship is worth investing in. 

Remember that you deserve to be in healthy, fulfilling friendships where your needs are respected and your friendship is valued for more than just what you can do for others.


Brittany Morgan

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