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How to Treat Ungrateful Friends

Savvy Confessions: How Do I Treat Ungrateful Friends?

This reader posted in our anonymous Savvy Confessions group, wondering how she should treat her ungrateful friend. Do you have any advice for her?

I'm the type of person who usually likes to help people out, particularly if it's job related or networking related. I have a "friend" who I initially got along really well and so I was open to helping her meet the right people to land her a job. I was able to introduce her to my old supervisor who needed another person to replace me and because of my referral, she was able to get the job. However, I noticed she never thanked me and ended up complaining to me about the work they gave her. After that incident, I noticed other instances where she was "using" me. How do I politely cut this person off without ruining our "civil" friendship? Is this something I should confront her about or just leave it and distance myself from her?

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testadura67 testadura67 5 years
Unless you've become close, personal friends, I'd say slowly distance yourself and let life do its thing. If you've become close , talk to her about it. It sounds like she's more of a connection than a friend though. Connections you don't necessarily owe an explanation to, friends you do.
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