#1207: “I moved away from a roommate who treated me like her on-call therapist, but she won’t let go. How can I tell her ‘nicely’ that I don’t want to be friends anymore?”

This is going to be the first of a two-part series on how people who can't hear the word 'no' are not your friends. Hey Captain! I (she/her) just moved out of a group house. I lived with five other people in the house, including a couple (Elsie and Jenna). Elsie (she/her) and I are … Continue reading #1207: “I moved away from a roommate who treated me like her on-call therapist, but she won’t let go. How can I tell her ‘nicely’ that I don’t want to be friends anymore?”

#1158: “What do you owe a former friend when you end a relationship?”

Dear Captain Awkward, FYI: she/her pronouns for me and "Amy" I had a falling out with a friend and do not want to try to repair the relationship. I am wondering what I owe this former friend, in terms of an explanation for why things have gone cold between us. This friend and I are … Continue reading #1158: “What do you owe a former friend when you end a relationship?”

#1042: “How do I tell an old friend that I’m not interested in reconnecting?”

Dear Captain Awkward, I have an awkward social situation that I'm not sure how to handle. It's been causing me a bit of anxiety, and so I've been avoiding dealing with it. Recently I have had a rash of old friends who I am no longer close with contact me, wanting to either catch up … Continue reading #1042: “How do I tell an old friend that I’m not interested in reconnecting?”

#977: “I just don’t want to be your friend:” “No thanks!” is NOT mean.

Hi Capt, Surely this has been asked before, but I can't find anything this straightforward in the archive. What do you say when someone wants to be your friend but you just don't like them? I feel like at any given time there are a few people in my life who really want to be … Continue reading #977: “I just don’t want to be your friend:” “No thanks!” is NOT mean.

#791: Feeling slighted and unmoored in a friendship and looking for ways to connect.

Hi Captain Awkward, You are a great resource, and I've referred a lot of friends to your blog. My problem is something I think I should totally not be having, but I am. I have a friend who I've known for years who will be getting married soon. Suzanne and I used to live together, … Continue reading #791: Feeling slighted and unmoored in a friendship and looking for ways to connect.