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Ask Amy: Friendship falters on anti-vaxx posts

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

But I wonder if being alone would be better than this.

– Stuck

Dear Stuck: You see this as an “all or nothing” situation, where because of this person’s behavior, all of your other friendships are at risk, but she is not in charge of your other relationships. You are.

You should completely disengage from her on social media. She is not reasonable and does not want to engage in an exchange of ideas, so remove your access to her on this platform. Quietly “hide,” “block,” or “unfriend.”

Change the channel.

There is no need to abruptly end the friendship by declaring it to be over.


You simply need to back away from the relationship. Detach from her.

Don’t gossip about her with others. If she asks you why you are distant, you can truthfully tell her that you’ve become exhausted by her declarations and tirades, which run counter to your own values.

Dear Amy: My mother-in-law is a smoker. Her own house is permeated with the smell of cigarettes. Even though I don’t like it, I can handle this when we’re visiting.

I know it is her house and she has the right to do what she wants when she’s at home, but I cannot stand it when she lights up at our place.


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