One of the all-time debated questions regarding relationships is “can two people of the opposite sex be friends?” Yes, they can honestly just be friends. However, a person’s relationship with their friend of the opposite sex can affect their relationship with their lover. How? Let’s look at a couple of ways.
The Way You Became Friends
When meeting your friend that’s of the opposite sex, an area of concern for your partner is the way you two became friends. If your story is as simple as “you went to the same high school” or you “grew up in the same neighborhood”, the question of how you became friends may never be brought up. However, your partner may raise an eyebrow at you ending up in the “friend zone” after failed attempts at courting your friend. Things can get even more complex if your friend is an “ex”. At this point, you will have to strengthen the trust your partner has in you. You have them make them feel confident that you no longer have romantic feelings for your friend and that the nature of your relationship is altruistic.
What Do You Do As Friends
The quickest way to make your partner jealous and/or hate you is by doing things with your friend that you don’t do with your partner. When someone loves you, they want you to be happy and want to be the source of your happiness. Nothing makes them feel worse than when you have to go elsewhere to fulfill a want or satisfy a need. More importantly, nothing raises a red flag more than spending a significant amount of time with someone of the opposite sex. Furthermore, the activities you participate in can also raise red flags. What you want to do is include your partner in those activities you and your friend participate in. When your partner is not around or unavailable, let them know of your whereabouts when spending time with your friend. Also avoid doing any activities that may resemble a date. By doing this, you will increase the comfort level that your partner has in the relationship between you and your friend.
Written By: @TheilluminADY