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In part 1, I talked about why people, specifically long-time friends cut you off for no reason.

In part 2, I talk about the possible red flags you might have missed, based on my painful experience when a friend of 17 years cut me off, and how you can deal with such an upsetting situation.  (more…)

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Have you had a long-time friend cut you out of their lives totally?

If you have had that unfortunate experience, you will know how painful it really is.

You’d never know what really happened. Your friendship was here today, gone tomorrow.

I had one. We knew each other from when we were 7. Had rows (like all normal friends do). But she saw it necessary to not only cut me off totally but chose not to invite me to her wedding. Other friends who weren’t as close were invited though.

So the friendship ended, just like that, at 24.

When something like that happens, it always leaves you wondering why it happened and how could you not have seen it coming.

In this post, I touch on why people who do the cutting off do this.  (more…)

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Relationship problems can arise when there is a faulty communication pattern. In this post, I talk about conversational narcissists, why they are the way they are and offer some tips, ideas and advice as to how to deal with such people in close relationships.

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Conversations and communication make up a big part of all relationships.

We all know that.

But do we know how to have an emotionally healthy communication pattern with others? Do we know how to spot unhealthy communication patterns? (Hint: there are lots).

We all communicate in different ways with various individuals, due to the differing dynamics we share.

Overtime, each relationship will develop a pattern of communication.

The problem with patterns is that a lot of them have glaring red or amber flags. And these build up over time, and are mostly allowed to fester with either party refusing to address them.

The longer the relationship, the more deeply-rooted these ‘problematic’ patterns can be as people settle into a comfortable status quo-type situation and are unwilling to do anything to change it.

I hope to make this an ongoing series, where I talk about the various types of challenging relationships and what you can do about them. In this post, I talk about how having someone in your life who has a self-centred pattern of communication can affect you, and how not having the right boundaries could leave you feeling very unimportant, unhappy and even used.

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