I have a group of new friends that I term – Emotionally Selfish. They are a bunch of good people and i truly admire a few in particular, but they are plagued by an odd brew of emotional manipulation that may be unknown to even them.

Have you ever met people who call you one moment all bubbly and cheerful, you gist for hours and they’re like – “i missed you so much” etc – then they don’t speak with you again for the next month. It is those people I’m referring to.

I don’t think they mean any harm, perhaps they are just relationally limited, stunted or ignorant. But a few are actually quite knowing and selfish. They only call you when THEY feel like talking and at their convenience. At other times, they are too busy, not in the mood or unavailable. They are unpredictable, forgetful, spaced out, treat your friendship like a yoyo and are moody. In truth, they are unworthy of good friendships but for the fact that they have really wonderful hearts and in rare moments of lucidity will do anything for a friend.

Sometimes, i think their ability to withold emotional response and favour is a subtle manipulative technique. As in, if they control how fast the pace of the friendship should go, then they are effectively in control. They are the type of people you can’t call at 2am when you really need them. In fact, by then, they’ll be fast asleep with their phones off! They haven’t grasped the simple truth that friendship is about availability, consistency and giving.

The caveat of course, is those who don’t want to be friends. In that case, they should simply say so and stop the cat and mouse, indirect, dont-want-to-hurt-my-feelings nonsense.

My attitude towards such people is simple. If i find i’m the one who’s always calling and they never call, or writing and they never reply – on time – or sharing and they never say more than two words, then i summarily delete all their contacts and remove them from the hallowed halls of my memory.

6 Thoughts to “The Emotionally Selfish”

  1. Really interesting analysis. I find it really interesting that the emotionally selfish are often the most attractive to people and tend to have a lot of friends. I don’t know why that is. I admire your approach, I find it really difficult to implement but I agree with it.

  2. Damn babes that was harsh!!!
    Well i guess we all do that from time to time. I guess friends have levels sometimes. There are some that i will wake up at 2am for and others i will just call back the next morning. lol!
    But nice insightful post though.

    Just out of curiousity who did you call at 2am and was unavailable.

  3. I dont reccomend getting rid of selfish friends, personally i put in exactly the same amount of energy as the other person, so if u call so would i if not…..you get the idea

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