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Can You Save a Friend from a Bad Relationship?

How To Help A Friend In An Unhealthy Relationship

By Berina KaricPublished 2 years ago 3 min read

We all know that feeling. Your friend is back together with her significant other for the fourth time, even though he cheated on her the previous three times they broke up. But this time he says it won’t happen again, and she believes him.

But it is not just that. The way he treats her drains her self-confidence, meaning she can never be the person you know she could be. One time, after a few glasses of wine, you made the mistake of telling her how you feel about the guy, but that only created a distance between the two of you that took ages to fix. So, what do you do when a friend is in a bad relationship? Can you (and should you) do something when someone you care about finds themselves in such a situation?

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Here are some tips on how to help a friend who is in a bad relationship.

1. Talk to your friend about the relationship

The first step is to figure out what your friend wants. Talk to them about their relationship and find out what they do and don't like about it. Make sure you ask open-ended questions so you can get the most accurate information from your friend. For example, asking "Do you want me to talk to him?" isn't as helpful as asking "What's your biggest problem in the relationship?" You can also ask your friend if they want their partner to know about this conversation.

2. Listen to what they say and find out more information

Listen carefully to what your friend tells you, and make sure you understand it completely before coming to any conclusions or making any critical remarks. If you don't understand something your friend is telling you, you can ask them to clarify. Also ask questions about anything that they say so you can get a better idea of how their relationship works.

3. Consider the problems your friend tells you about in the relationship

Once you have all this information from your friend, think carefully about what they have told you. Try to come up with a list of the biggest problems in the relationship. This will help you when it comes time to offer your friend advice.

4. Offer your friend advice on how to deal with the problems in their relationship

Now that you know what the problems are, it's time to offer your friend some advice on how to deal with them. Make sure the advice you give is realistic and tailored to your friend's specific situation. For example, telling your friend they need to break up with their partner right away isn't always the best solution.

5. Be there for your friend

Finally, make sure you are there for your friend when they need you. offer emotional support, listening ear, and a shoulder to cry on. Let your friend know that you care about them and want to help them through this tough time.

No matter how you decide to support your friend, remember that bad relationships are a two way street. Your friend needs to make that decision on her own and understand the big picture which is her well-being and happiness in the long run

As frustrating as that might be for you for the time being, remember that you cannot control someone's decisions but need to allow her space to come to her own conclusions and that you will always be there for her, just as she is for you.


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