How to Deal With Friends Who Are Emotionally Irritating
There are times in life, when our friends may not be the most suitable company when going through emotionally turbulent times and at such points in life it becomes almost necessary to try to find a middle path, so as to not offend any sensibilities of any sort.
Though we know that our friends, or rather true friends have the best of our interests at heart, however sometimes they can be emotionally irritating and cause much grief due to that fact.
So to help you find a way out of such sticky situations and company, we have for you a few pointers and tips, which will definitely pull you out and push you through when you truly need it.
The first step is to assess how emotionally irritating your friend really is and if you’re willing to let things slide and accept them as they are or are there things that you really can’t take. Being a good friend is something that is a coveted quality but it shouldn’t be done at the cost of your emotional well-being.
If you’ve realized that you can overlook the emotional quirks then you need to take a step back and give yourself some space, for if you spend more and more time with such people, you might end up losing your cool at them and saying something stupid.
If the friendship does really mean something to you then you should try to think of all the positive reasons that you have to be friends with the person, try more to communicate with them and try to change them subtly. It is something which may be a small step but comes really handy when you think of it.
All this put aside, you should also be balanced while behaving with such friends. If you feel they are taking your for granted and do not care enough, then you should too try not to be there always for them. Help them in their time of need but do not be overtly attentive to them.
Empathy is also a key factor when you think of your friends. Sometimes you can try to be more attentive to how they react and try to place yourself in a similar situation, if you think you would react in a similar manner then you can be empathetic to their cause.
More than anything else you need to have some amount of self-respect and dignity, to think about yourself first rather than anyone else. You need to love yourself and stand up for yourself. No true friend will make you compromise your needs for their own selfish gain, so be a friend to yourself first and then others. You need to learn how to do lesser for such friends, but not alienate them completely for that would be a folly. If even after all these corrective measures, things do not seem to be heading the way you want them too, then it might just be better to sever ties and set them and yourself free.
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