How To Love Someone Without Supporting Their Problematic Behavior

March 27, 2019  |  
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In the age of cancel culture and calling out people, places, and things that are deemed problematic, you may find yourself in the tricky predicament of deciding how to navigate these issues when they involve your loved ones.

We don’t believe you have to completely cancel someone you love just because they currently (or previously) exhibit problematic behavior. However, what should do is find ways to still love them without also co-signing, excusing or ignoring their problematic tendencies. To help you, we’ve compiled a list of ways to still show that special person in your life love, even if their behavior is sometimes cringe-worthy.

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Call Out Their Behavior

Make no mistake, problematic behavior deserves to (and should be) called out, regardless of your relationship to the person responsible for it. So, don’t hesitate to call out behavior that you feel is problematic.

Voicing your opinion in this way lets the offender know your stance on the issue at hand, while also making it clear what you will and won’t tolerate in your life–even if it’s from someone you love dearly.

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