How to Imply to a Manipulative Friend That You Are Angry

It is very common to have people use you and refer to you as a "friend." But this person copies off your homework everyday, even when you have forbidden it. Then, as soon as anyone else comes along, they walk away like you were never there. Whether they've done something to trigger a fight or you've had enough of their behaviour, you can break up with them by implying it.


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    Don't appear too random and maintain your dignity: Coming up to someone and saying, "I want to break up with you" won't cut it. If nothing special has happened and you simply want to break up with them because they've been using you for too long, you may state, "I wanted to talk about something... you've been using me", and state your viewpoints in a calm, rational way. Implying that you are angry instead of simply stating it when nothing has really triggered it, won't work.
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    You must act differently if something has triggered this: For example, maybe this girl has been using you, and yesterday, she partnered up with a bully and went against you. You can now imply that you are angry. Gather your friends and tell them what happened.
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    Don't talk to them in your classes or in the halls: If they ask for help, say you don't know, and they should get the message. At lunch, sit at another table or continue giving them the silent treatment. Keep in mind that when they will eventually ask why, you must be prepared.
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    When they asks why, state your reasons: If they've been doing this for a long time, it is okay to show your anger. Say something along the lines of, "What you did to me wasn't right. You paired up with that mean guy/girl, and went against me. Yet you suppose we are friends."
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    Be prepared for them to argue: But go on stating your points. "You've been using me for a long time, but I didn't want to appear rude. You always copy off me even after I say you can't. You look off my paper, but when your friends come by, you run away from me like I was never there. I don't like it. If you were really a friend, you wouldn't have needed anyone to tell you all this is wrong."
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    Keep yourself from feeling guilty: You did nothing wrong and you know it. Others who take pity sometimes simply don't understand unless it happened to them. The 'friend' themselves may appear very sad. Keep in mind that no matter what they say, it is only because they know you won't help them anymore. They aren't in your good books, and now they know it.
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    Don't put restrictions on your other friends: Chances are, you and this 'friend' have mutual friends. Continue to hang out. If the 'friend' does keep following you and your friends when their friends aren't around, ignore them. Continue to give them the silent treatment. Your own friends may not approve of what you did, but that is because they don't understand. Most friends should surface out and talk to you in the end. If not, then they are conditional friends and not true friends.
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    The 'friend' will beg for second chances: Unfortunately, manipulative people don't change. They will continue to use you as long as you let them. The best route to take is to try avoid them at all times.


  • Ask your teacher to move your seat away from theirs. This will help end the relationship.
  • Kill off all old ties you have with them. Don't throw away pictures, but put them away in some closet you won't check. Block them off your e-mail and Facebook, and delete their number from your phone contacts.

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