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We’ve all experienced unrequited friendship in some form, from reaching out to someone who doesn’t reciprocate our interest, to fending off an approach from an acquaintance we don’t particularly like.
Unrequited friendship can be extremely awkward, and surprisingly painful when you’re the one being rejected.
I’ve been unrequited, and it’s demoralising and confusing. There is one woman I’d love to be closer to, and I’ve made several suggestions for lunch or coffee. She always seems enthusiastic, and tells me she’d love to catch up, but she never follows up, and never calls or drops me a message. I feel embarrassed for caring, but I wonder why she doesn’t like me and what I’ve done wrong.
This is completely normal, says Elisabeth Shaw, CEO of Relationships Australia, NSW.