Bad New Beau: What You Shouldn’t Say to a Friends in a Toxic Relationship

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March 13, 2012

By Natasha Burton


There’s often that one friend who-whether by habit or happenstance-has gotten stuck on Mr. Wrong. (Of course, in some cases, that friend is us.) When you’re watching her situation from the outside, seeing a close pal fall for a guy who doesn’t treat her right can really test your capacity for not blurting out exactly what’s on your mind. But saying the wrong thing can backfire. So before you broach the subject, here are six things you should definitely not say, along with expert advice on how to talk to your friend about her bad news boyfriend while keeping your relationship with her intact…


you think your friend’s relationship has, in fact, changed her behavior
or personality in a negative way, then don’t confront her with vague
statements about how she seems "different" to you. Instead, be as
specific as possible, and put your concerns into context, advises Irene Levine, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry at New York University and producer of The Friendship Blog.


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