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Can Men and Women Really Be Friends?

Is it possible to just be friends?
Is it possible to just be friends?

The consensus still seems to be "no" when it comes to the question of whether men and women can truly be friends. It's still said in movies, books, articles, and conversations that men and women simply can't be friends without romantic notions or entanglements and other big issues. Thankfully, there are also plenty of ways to get past the problems and have happy, lifelong friendships.

Be Honest 

One of the most common problems that arises in friendships between men and women is that one person secretly has feelings for the other person. That person enters into the relationship secretly hoping that the closeness will lead to more. Unrequited love is arguably the worst kind of love for everyone involve, and the easiest way to avoid it is to enter the relationship honestly.

Have the uncomfortable conversation about expectations so that you both have clarity about boundaries and what you have or want to offer the other person. Do you truly feel like the person who swears they're just your friend is the one? You might want to chat with an online psychic for some answers in the privacy of your home.

Honor Your Feelings

A similar issue is that both men or women can develop feelings as the friendship deepens. Maybe you both agreed that it was nothing more than friends, but suddenly you feel more. Again, honesty is the best policy, and it's important to honor your feelings.

It might be uncomfortable for both people, but your friendship is more likely to survive or blossom into something more if you're honest about any changes in your expectations or boundaries. Remember to honor what both people desire, require, and can offer to the relationship.

Face Jealousy Head-on

Overcoming obstacles between two people is one thing, but handling outsiders jealousy is another. Jealousy is a powerful force, especially when it involves a significant other who is not okay with your friendship with his or her boyfriend or girlfriend.

Jealousy runs in our genes, but that doesn't mean it can't be lessened or eliminated all together. How can you handle a jealous significant other? Try talking with them to reassure them that your feelings are platonic. Consider inviting them along when you and your friend go out to do something. Seeing firsthand that you're not a threat can make all the difference.

Make the Best Choice for You

Another significant issue men and women face in friendships is judgement from friends and family. Often these people's opinions matter most to us, and it's hard to know what to listen to or believe.

Maybe your best friend swears your friend of the opposite sex wants more or your Grandma thinks your friend is the person you're destined to be with. If it starts to really make you wonder or question your friendship, phone a psychic and talk to someone immediately. Your psychic can help you sort through the possibilities. 

Male and female friendships can be hard, but consider the benefits: a built-in matchmaker and wedding date, perspective from the opposite gender, and often a lifelong friend. Contrary to popular belief, the pros outweigh the cons in male and female friendships.

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