How to Handle Jealous Friends

Everyone needs friends in life, but you cannot expect all your friends to be loyal and trustworthy all the time.  No one is perfect, including you, and although some friendships will be positive and healthy for you, some friendships might end up pulling you down.  Jealous friends can make your life miserable by talking behind your back or insulting you.  It is important to know how to deal with this kind of interaction, so that you can deal with the situation and possibly save a friendship.

  • First, try to figure out the cause of the jealousy.  Is it something about your looks, money or family?  Or perhaps you have a special quality or talent that attracts more attention than your jealous friend?
  • Once you have figured out the reason, try to be considerate.  Imagine yourself in your friend’s position and think about what you might do or feel in the same situation.
  • Try to find out and understand what your friend needs.  Do they wish for more money, supportive parents, or to be smarter?  Then you can help them get what they want in life.
  • Avoid showing off of doing things with will make your friend feel more frustrated and jealous.  Don’t flaunt your success or good fortune in front of someone who may feel inferior to you.
  • There is nothing wrong with you being content in happy in your life, but you should also show excitement and interest about your friend’s life too.
  • Take some time to figure out the good qualities and unique strengths of your friends.  Everyone has the capacity to achieve something in life, so no one should be judged or treated badly.
  • Dealing with jealous friends requires lots of effort and patience.  Have faith that your efforts will have positive results and don’t give up easily on your friend.  Give him or her time and space to think and work out their feelings objectively.
  • You can also ask your other close friends who are not jealous of you for advice.


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