Originally created 10/10/00

Lies can hamper some close relationships

THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: No one likes my friend. I'm the only one in the school who likes her. She's really starting to get on my nerves with all the lying and stuff. I don't know if I should be her friend anymore. - 17-year-old Augusta girl?

Here's what you had to say:

- While it's great to try and befriend someone who isn't popular or appreciated, there is always a point where one must say, `Forget about it.' Maybe you should make a list of pros and cons of your relationship with this person and do the math in the end.

- Confront her about it.

- If you don't want to be friends with the girl, don't be friends with the girl.

- Maybe her lying is the reason why other people don't like her. So, you should distance yourself from her the way they do.

- Go up to that girl and say, 'Look, I'm not trying to be mean or anything, but you are really starting to get on my nerves by the way that you lie and all.' Just tell her that you want some space from her for awhile. But be nice to her about it.

Next week's problem:

I really am having a problem with my friend. He's gay. I'm not gay, but I like hanging around him. People laugh at him. Some people say that if I keep hanging around him people will think I'm gay. What should I do? - Do you have any advice for this 17-year-old Augusta boy?

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