Why do friends discard me when I am no longer of use? | Leading questions

Why do friends discard me when I am no longer of use? | Leading questions

The Guardian

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Friendship is not about sharing identical values, says Eleanor Gordon-Smith. It’s about demonstrating that you value the people who you call friend

I had two former friends stop speaking to me right at the start of the lockdown, one saying I was “too mean” (no 20-plus text messages in a row? What a pity!) the other had a meltdown on their public Facebook group and then blocked me. Why do people discard me when I am no longer of use to them?

Eleanor says: Because it sounds like you’re kind of mean.

That’s OK, plenty of the people I love best in the world are kind of mean. They cringe at displays of affection, hate the pageantry of social media and are quick to declare things and people “stupid”.

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