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Alex Alexander



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Friendship Demotions (and How To Build Even Better Friendships)

• 21 min

Recently, somebody asked me how to go about friendship demotions. I think it’s super common to go through a season in friendships where things feel good – and then, something changes. We aren’t talking about these friendship shifts enough. But “demoting” a friend has a bad feeling to it. Instead, what if we talked about building a better version of friendship for right now? That’s what today’s episode is about – reframing the idea of a friendship demotion and offering 3 "do-the-work" options. It will likely take time for these changes to become normal, but I hope this episode provides insight into how you might create new, beautiful versions of your friendships that suit your lives right now. In this episode you’ll hear about: Friendship as a “plate” with things that keep getting added onto it – which often isn’t sustainable long-termGetting more specific about what we expect from our friends and what they expect from us, and allowing for adjustments as time goes onQuestions to ask yourself, such as, what do you enjoy about this friendship? How do you feel most supported by it?  What’s meaningful about it to you?The myth of the no-sweat, no-conflict relationship, and asking yourself what work you’re willing to doFocusing on feelings in the midst of friendship conflicts and brainstorming how you both can “win”Resources & Links Like what you hear? Visit my website, leave me a voicemail, and follow me on Instagram!  Want to take this conversation a step further? Send this episode to a friend. Tell them you found it interesting and use what we just talked about as a conversation starter the next time you and your friend hang out!

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