How to Tell Someone Their Boyfriend or Girlfriend Is Not Right For Them

Learn the best 3 ways to tell a friend the person they’re dating is not right for them.

Richie Frieman,
March 20, 2011
Episode #151

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I love tackling relationship issues! And in my short tenure as the Modern Manners Guy, I’ve handled everything from “How to Answer Awkward Relationship Questions” to “How to Properly Handle A Break Up” and even “How NOT To Break Up With Someone”. There is no limit to what people ask me about relationships and for this article, I’m going to tackle a very awkward topic that must be addressed--how to tell someone their boyfriend or girlfriend is just not right for them.

How to Properly Tell Someone Their Boyfriend or Girlfriend Is Not Right For Them

We’ve all had to deal with this. You have a friend who is over the moon about their new relationship and they can’t wait to tell you about it. And why wouldn’t you be happy for them right? Well, that is until you meet their new boyfriend or girlfriend, only to find out that the new person in your friend’s life could very well be the biggest loser you have ever met. And by big loser, I mean isn’t a good person, is cheating on them, isn’t going to be around long, or things like that. Simply not liking who your friend is dating is not reason enough to say anything.

Despite your friend’s overwhelming optimism, you know you have to tell them the truth, yet you find yourself saying, “Yeah, I know, such a great catch!” So, what do you do in this case? Well, here are my top three tips for how to properly tell someone the person they are dating is not right for them.

Tip #1:  Tell It Like It Is

The shortest distance between two points is a straight line, but sometimes taking the most direct route can be the hardest. The truth hurts, but then again so does seeing your friend go down the wrong path. So, how do you properly break it to your friend easy?