Camille Styles

Life Lessons

4 Ways to Support a Negative Friend

June 12th, 2018

We all have a Debbie Downer in our lives—the coworker who always complains, the negative friend who feels the world is out to get them, or the family member who thinks they will never measure up. The trapping spiral of negativity can be exhausting and self-destructive to even the most positive among us. I almost had to cut ties with one of my BFFs because it seemed that no matter where we were or what we were doing, negativity always came pouring out. It took me some time to realize that my ways of trying to help were basically equivalent to fanning hot coals. With a shift in perspective and some advice from the experts, I was able to arm myself with the tools to successfully handle it. If you find yourself dreading being around someone who’s chronically annoyed, critical, angry, or just plain rude, here are some key things to keep in mind on what to do (and not do) to keep the peace—and your sanity.

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  1. I think it’s fabulous how you are always making posts on such important topics. Topics that are so important yet no one ever seems to talk about them! I’ve definitely been friends who think negatively, and in fact, I’m very good friends with these people. What I always do is try to help them find the light in a situation or make them laugh. I think one reason they may think so negatively is because they feel alone. If they know that others are there and understand a bit what they are feeling, they are much less likely to feel this way!

  2. Sofia says:

    Such a great article! Yes to it all! I’ve been the negative person and I’ve been the friend of a negative person. Both situations are difficult, but both have solutions. Sharing this with others because it hits the nail on the head!

    xo, Sofia

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