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She Said: Friend or Foe?

Some Friends Just Need a Serious Attitude Adjustment!

By Cassie Tucker
On November 23, 2011

I can be the first to say we all have our "off" days. The days when my bad mood strikes is usually when I avoid speaking or interacting with other people as much as I can, because I know I can (and will) take out my anger and frustration on anyone who steps in my general direction. I guess you could say the fact that I avoid confrontation constitutes me as a good friend, since I know how to pick my battles and avoid rubbing my friends the wrong way (no one likes a Debbie Downer)! I have to admit, maybe some friends of mine should consider following my lead! We all have experienced it before: the friend who has the most unpredictable mood swings (consider it a bi-polar friendship). She is set off by the littlest of occurrences, and you never know what will make her mad or upset. She is either at an all-time high or all-time low (never in between!), and she will take out her bad mood on the closest people to her (ahem, her friends)! You've gotten yourself into quite the sticky friendship situation, and it's time to break the cycle!

            It is more about focusing on your attitude rather than dwelling on your unstable friend (stay with me here). If you attempt to (for lack of a better phrase) be the bigger person in the situation and ignore your friend when she initiates confrontation, it may cause your friend to change her ways. No one likes to be ignored, especially a friend who needs someone to complain to! If you simply ignore the behavior it is bound to go away, and if she doesn't take the hint that her unsteady personality changes are considered a friendship foul then you don't have much of a friendly understanding do you? I suggest just burying the hatchet if she doesn't learn to show you respect as a friend. Friendship is all about respect, and if you don't have any respect you don't have much of anything.

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