Unless they are talked out, there can be confusion and hurt feelings.
So whoever brings up the subject has put themselves in somewhat of a vulnerable position.
I'm not too ashamed to admit I was always a little envious of my best friend when we were growing up.
Not only was she a little bit older than me but she was skinnier and allowed to do things my parents didn't allow me to do.
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After all, a good close friend of the opposite sex is priceless.
DAWSON: The decision to take a friendship to the next level, from friendship to a dating relationship, has to be a mutual decision.
With a friendship based on honesty and trust, you will be able to face the challenge of being vulnerable.
Try saying something like, You’re a great friend, and I don’t ever want that to change. Asking him for his opinion is a great way to show you value what he thinks and feels, and you’ll find out if you’re on track.
And honestly, I’ve always wondered if this friendship would ever turn into something deeper. Let’s assume for a moment your guy friend agrees with you about taking the relationship to the next level. I would encourage you to sit down together and make a list of the things you have been doing that have made your friendship so strong.
A friend is willing to share you with others, but someone who is trying to balance their emotional feelings toward you may tend to be a bit more possessive.
In the end, you will need to communicate with each other and define what your relationship really is.
So for him, this is unquestionably a very delicate situation.