Ask Ann: I Don’t Feel the Same

Ann

Name: I Don’t Feel the Same

Dear Ann,

I think my friend might like me more than just a friend. What should I do? I don’t know how to approach her without hurting her feelings. I still want to be her friend, but just not in that way since I have a boyfriend already.

Dear I Don’t Feel the Same,

While it may be awkward to tell your friend you don’t feel the same it’s something that is in your best interest to do. You don’t want to string her along and make her think she has a chance with you. Ultimately that would lead to situations being worse. I suggest when you do tell her you should add a compliment then let her down easy to avoid hurting her feelings. For example, “I think you’re a nice girl, but I just like you as a friend.” Sometimes you can’t help when people get their feelings hurt so if she still does then just give it time.

-Ann