Regardless of how outgoing or close minded a person is, everyone tends to have different kinds of friends in life. Since no one is born to be perfect, and along with that, people can change from time to time, it is not a shocker to end up having clingy friends around. If their needy situation is temporary due to an unavoidable circumstance, then be compassionate about it. Otherwise, getting rid of clingy friends is highly recommended by Dr. Irene S. Levine, the friendship expert.
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Tell them directly that you want to end the friendship. There is always a chance that they may not agree with your decision, and get very upset about it. If that is the case, reconfirm that the decision is final, and you cannot do anything about it. Lastly, wish them best of luck and walk off.
Cut off all contact with them if you prefer not to break up with your clingy friends directly. In other words, ignore all their phone calls, e-mails and text messages completely. If they try to see you in person, do not answer the door. If into your clingy friends on the street, pretend that they are invisible and keep moving.
Focus on your work if you happen to work with your clingy friends at the same office. If they keep bothering you with issues other than work, tell them that you should be working, not socialising. If the situation gets worse, ask your supervisor for assistance.
Tips and warnings
- If you want to keep your clingy friends, just tell them that you are unavailable whenever they need you.
- If losing your clingy friends is what you really want, you should never expect to get them back in the future, no matter what.
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