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Never say this to friends: Psychologist's advice

Never say this to friends: Psychologist's advice Illustrative photo (Freepik)
Author: Maria Kholina

Friendship requires caution with certain phrases. If you notice people reacting poorly to you or even avoiding communication, it's worth paying attention to your behavior and words, according to Huffpost.

Crisis in friendship

Every unfulfilled plan, every message left unanswered for hours or days is cause for concern, even if everything seems fine between you and the other person.

Inevitably, such speculation and catastrophic relationship assumptions harm your relationships with family and friends.

Therapist Anna Poss said that friends can feel strained, feeling the need to reassess communication to ensure you haven't been offended. Offense can grow in relationships where one person constantly has to reassure the other, and such emotional labor can be exhausting.

But if you're prone to worry, a lack of communication from a friend may seem like a malicious desire to end the relationship. When in reality, the friend is simply exhausted after a tough day at work.

Phrases to avoid

Depending on how close you are, a gradual fading out where you start to communicate less and less may be acceptable.

Friendship and psychology expert Andrea Bonior advised against using the phrase "you're so mad at me" in friendships, because you risk your friend becoming even more angry, upset, and disappointed in you.

If there are noticeable changes in communication or friendship dynamics, it's more helpful to offer help. It could be a simple misunderstanding that can easily be rectified.

Your friend may have personal problems or issues with other people that they are unwilling or embarrassed to talk about.