When we think of breaking up a friendship we tend to get nervous and it is common for people to convince themselves to inaction just to avoid the discomfort of “the talk.” This happens a lot with friendships because we don’t usually think of them as a serious commitment as we do a romantic relationship so we go against our instinct and decide to sustain a friendship that, though not romantic, is still draining. Having an exit strategy allows a person to strike that balance of cooling off the friendship gradually. Perhaps you’re not as available as you once were. Perhaps you’re posting photos attending different kinds of social functions with different people.
Contributors: Sanam Hafeez from Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services