July 17, 2024

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Former friend can’t shake ghosting guilt

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Dear Eric: I did a bad thing — I ghosted a friend. The friendship made me uncomfortable. I thought he had romantic feelings for me, or maybe he just wanted more from the relationship than I did.

Since I had moved to a different city, I became very slow to respond to texts/calls and basically stopped. Then the pandemic hit and he reached out to see if I was OK, and still I did not respond. This was cruel. I think about it regularly and have spent therapy dollars talking about it, and still I have done nothing.

I hurt someone who cared about me, and I want to apologize for that, but I don’t want to open the door to a relationship. Can you help?

— Disappearing Friend

Dear Friend: You may have ghosted but you’re the one being haunted. The way to exorcize your guilt is to own up to your…

R. Eric Thomas

2024-07-10 04:30:48

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