How To Support A Friend Whose Choices You Don’t Support

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Don’t say anything judgmental

Try not to say anything judgmental like “You’re being stupid,” or “You’re being weak,” or “I see you differently now.” Often, those who are making poor choices do so from a place of insecurity, so this is no time to tear them down. If anything, you should be pointing out to her all of her wonderful qualities and all of the reasons her life will not only continue to be good but even be better when she walks away from this bad decision. Tell her why it will be that way — because of all of her strengths and attributes. If someone is in a toxic relationship because they don’t believe they deserve better, you push them further into that relationship by saying condescending things.

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