12 Things NOT to Tell Your Friends About Your Relationship (2023)

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    12 Things NOT to Tell Your Friends About Your Relationship (1)Stacey FeintuchUpdated: Aug. 05, 2021

      We're all guilty of telling our friends and fam about what's happening in our relationships. But you shouldn't be telling them every detail. Here are some aspects that you should keep under wraps.


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      Details of your last fight

      Your fights aren’t for public consumption. “If you tell others about your last fight, they, rather than your partner, will help solve the issue,” says Gilda Carle, PhD, author of Don’t Lie on Your Back for a Guy Who Doesn’t Have Yours. “Then you and your partner won’t have the know-how to navigate the next difficult problem.” Plus, they may end up goingagainst him. If all they hear are the “facts” that you presented, they may question why you’re together in the first place. “You can’t get angry with your friend because you’re the one who told her all the details,” says Kristie Overstreet, a licensed professional clinical counselor, certified sex therapist and author of Fix Yourself First: 25 Tips to Stop Ruining Your Relationship.Here are some other things you should never do after a fight with your partner.


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      The nitty gritty of your sex life

      “Do you want a twosome or a threesome?” says Dr. Carle. “Filling others in on what goes on between your sheets makes your intimacy a group event.” When you’re not having sex, how often you have it, his sexual fantasies; the raunchy details of your intimate life should be kept under the covers. “Your sex life shouldn’t become someone else’s fantasy,” says Sara Nasserzadeh, PhD, a sexuality and relationship consultant and coauthor of The Orgasm Answer Guide. “Not to mention that by learning all about you and your partner’s likes and dislikes in bed, you put yourself at risk of your friend becoming the confidante and provider of those likes to your partner.” If you’re having problems in the bedroom, discuss it with your partner. Otherwise, speak with a therapist who can help you figure out why you’re having these issues.


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      Something he’s told you confidentially

      “Trust is easy to lose and hard to get back,” says Overstreet. If your partner tells you about a private issue—his mom’s breast cancer scare or a poor review at work for example—keep your mouth shut. He has opened up to you because he trusts you and your ability to keep what you’ve been told confidential. You don’t want to break that trust. “Trust is at the core of any relationship,” says Ashley Grinonneau-Denton, an American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists certified sex therapist and couples relationship expert. “If a partner confides about one of the skeletons buried deep in his closet, it’s important for you to maintain this confidence. If not, the secret runs the risk of being uncovered.” Here are some more habits that ruin trust in a relationship.


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      That awful present he bought you

      It is the thought that counts. “A gift is a gift,” says Overstreet. “Be grateful that he thought of you.” Did he buy you socks for your birthday? Maybe he remembered your favorite pair got eaten in the laundry and was full of good intentions and efforts. Avoid badmouthing him to your friends about his gift snafus; they may never let you live them down. “Even if this gift isn’t your taste, tell people that he was so sweet to be thinking of you—and that can never be faulted,” says Dr. Carle.




      When your in-laws annoy you

      We’ve all been irritated with our partner’s parents and complained about it to our friends. But do your best to bite your tongue, especially since in-laws are a permanent fixture in your life. “Be grateful that you have in-laws,” says Overstreet. You never know when those words will get back to your husband—even worse, them, which could be quite awkward—and make him resentful and defensive. And that will only do more harm than good. “Let him rationalize their unkind behavior, or set the situation straight,” says Dr. Carle. “But telling anyone else who is unable to right any wrongs is wasted breath.” Here are some little things you can do to make your partner’s parents like you.


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      Money issues

      Maybe he made a financial mistake. Or he’s having money troubles. Or people are discussing how much their partners earn or who pays for what. Many people are sensitive and insecure about issues that make them look weak, especially when it comes to the Benjamins. So, it’s best not to cross that line. Financial details are no one else’s business. “That’s what financial advisers are for,” says Grinonneau-Denton. Learn the best ways to stop fighting over money with your partner.


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      His insecurities or embarrassing habits

      Perhaps your guy is struggling to build the baby crib; he just isn’t handy. Or he has trouble mowing the lawn and reluctantly hires a professional landscaper. He might be insecure that he can’t do these things on his own, so keep that between the two of you. “If you make him feel like less of a man, there is a good chance he’ll start losing some confidence and attraction towards you,” says Mike Goldstein, author ofHow To Find A High Quality Man in 3 Easy Steps AND The Main Reason You Have Been Choosing The Wrong Men. The same goes for embarrassing habits or idiosyncrasies. “If your guy farts in his sleep, for instance, that is your fun little secret, not something to share with the world,” Goldstein says. Yes, these complaints are minor. But others may take these character flaws out of proportion and make you even more upset about the issue. “Your friend will likely not forget what she’s been told,” says Overstreet. “And you may find yourself defending your partner to your friend. It could’ve been prevented if you hadn’t shared these negatives with her in the first place.”


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      His dislike for one or some of your pals

      It’s impossible for your partner to like all your friends. “He might think one is loud, another is catty and one shops too often,” says Julie Spira, founder of Cyber-Dating Expert. But, if you plan for this partner to stick around, keep mum on anything he says about not being a fan ofsomeone from your squad—or the whole squad for that matter. It will only leave people feeling hurt and awkward. Bottom line: Accept that you both have different tastes and needs in friends, and move on, says Dr. Carle. Here’s what science has to say about how to handle tension between your partner and your pals.


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      That one of you cheated

      If you or your partner commits infidelity, keep this dirty laundry on the DL. The less players that are involved, the better. Whether you decide to stay together or split, don’t leave that decision to your mom or BFF. It’s your choice whether the relationship is worth salvaging and repairing or not. You know what’s best for yourself and no one really understands what dynamics are going on. And if you do stay together, you risk tainting your friend’s or family’s perception of your partner. “With something as painful as an affair, it’s important to involve a skilled therapist to help you heal from the broken trust and betrayal,” says Grinonneau-Denton. To take things a step further, you could create an uncomfortable wedge in your relationship if you were the one to cheat. They’ll be left wondering if you’d go after one of their boyfriends or husbands, says Spira. “Don’t be surprised if you aren’t invited to the next luncheon,” says Spira. Find outwhat else you should never do after your partner cheats.


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      Anything your partner doesn’t know

      Are you disappointed that your partner still hasn’t found a new job after hunting for months? Upset that he drinks too much? You may keep these emotions from your partner to avoid starting a fight. However, it doesn’t do any good if your friends know your feelings and he doesn’t. “Keep the shortcomings of your mate to yourself,” says Dr. Carle. “Otherwise, you’re inviting others to push you to defend why you’re with him.” Here are some secrets it’s okay to keep from your partner.


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      Private correspondence between the two of you

      Emails, texts, voicemails, and explicit selfies should be kept to yourself. He might be embarrassed if the correspondence is romantic, says Dr. Carle. Or furious if it’s nasty. And your friends don’t need to see or hear about your intimate notes or calls to one another. “Sexy talk between a couple is what builds intimacy,” says Grinonneau-Denton. If you share that you and your partner are sexting, keep it general, she says. “The specifics are the erotic part about having a partner know a side of you that nobody else does,” says Grinonneau-Denton.

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      His past relationship failures

      “If the details aren’t part of your own story, the chapters in that book aren’t yours to share,” says Grinonneau-Denton. Your friends and family don’t need to know that he cheated on his girlfriend Nicole a decade ago, or that Sarah broke his heart in college. If he wants to share that information with them, that’s fine. But it’s not your place to do so. Use this past, says Dr. Carle, to build on your future. Next, learn the things you should never share about your relationship on social media.

      Originally Published: April 06, 2018

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      Stacey Feintuch

      Stacey Feintuch contributes to RD.com's Health and Relationship sections. Her articles have appeared in Woman's World, Boca Raton Observer and Healthywomen.org, among other sites and publications. She earned her MA in magazine writing from S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and her BA in journalism from The George Washington University.


      What should you not tell your friends? ›

      Your Intimate Health Details Or Those Of Your Family

      Best friends aren't entitled to know about what happens between you and your doctor; it's your information, not theirs. You're not obliged to give any loved one a running commentary on a medical issue you don't particularly want to talk about.

      What is oversharing in a relationship? ›

      RED: oversharing early in the relationship. Some information is first, second, third date material and some information is reserved for those who have shown they can hold space for stickier subjects. Oversharing doesn't create intimacy. Oversharing is self-absorption masked as vulnerability.

      What should you not share with your partner? ›

      12 Things You Should Never Share With Your Partner
      • Your toothbrushes. ...
      • Your beauty routine. ...
      • Your password. ...
      • Your bedpost notches. ...
      • Your feelings about his Mum. ...
      • Your bank statements. ...
      • Your friends' misbehaviour. ...
      • Photos of holidays with exes.
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      What should you not tell in a relationship? ›

      14 Things Not to Say to Your Partner
      • If you really loved me you would . . . ...
      • You always / You never. ...
      • I'm not the problem, you are. ...
      • Stop being so sensitive (needy, dramatic, etc.) ...
      • Dont take this the wrong way . . . ...
      • You need to take responsibility. ...
      • Youre acting just like your mother (father). ...
      • I want a divorce / Im done.
      28 Feb 2018

      What can ruin friendship? ›

      Here are seven common missteps that can easily derail burgeoning friendships:
      • Not asking questions and following up. ...
      • Letting one mistake paralyze you. ...
      • Being pushy, or overly indecisive, about plans. ...
      • Trying too hard to impress. ...
      • Breaking confidences. ...
      • Gossiping too much. ...
      • Missing cues.
      4 Apr 2014

      Is it okay to keep a relationship private? ›

      Privacy in relationships, at its very core, is a fundamental right. You and your partner have the right to keep certain aspects of yourself and your relationships private. Keeping certain things private shows respect for your partner and helps the two of you to develop trust.

      What are signs of oversharing? ›

      Here are 10 signs you are oversharing on social media
      • You share your location. ...
      • You share your address. ...
      • You vent or ran on social media. ...
      • You post images that contain minors. ...
      • You share your intimate pictures.
      • You have all the trending social media apps on your device. ...
      • You never turn off the Wi-Fi on your mobile device.
      28 Sept 2020

      What is an example of oversharing? ›

      Examples of Oversharing

      Posting intimate details about your relationships, friendships, family matters, or personal drama. Using social media as a soapbox or a way to vent your emotions. Posting photos or videos of things meant to be private. Posting embarrassing photos or videos of yourself or others.

      What does oversharing look like? ›

      Oversharing is saying something personal or inappropriate in the wrong setting or to the wrong person. It's usually not something people with ADHD do on purpose. Sometimes they may not realize they're giving too much information or saying the wrong thing.

      What are toxic partners? ›

      A toxic relationship is one that makes you feel unsupported, misunderstood, demeaned, or attacked. A relationship is toxic when your well-being is threatened in some way—emotionally, psychologically, and even physically.

      What are the dangers of having two partners? ›

      Multiple Sexual Partners

      You're more likely to get HIV or another STD when you have more than one sex partner, or many sex partners during your lifetime. That's because more people mean more chances that one or more of them will have HIV or an infection.

      How honest should you be in a relationship? ›

      Honesty is the foundation for trust in a relationship, and trust is necessary for a relationship to function and thrive. When you're always honest with someone, it tells them that they can trust you and the things you say. It helps them know they can believe your promises and commitments.

      What are some toxic phrases? ›

      8 Toxic Phrases People With High Emotional Intelligence Never Say, and Why
      • "You have no choice."
      • "It's not hard."
      • "Sorry."
      • "That reminds me..."
      • "Someone has to tell you..."
      • "I know how you feel."
      • "Can't you just..."
      • "I don't want to fight, but ..."
      30 Oct 2022

      When should you quit a relationship? ›

      Here, experts explain some of the signs that indicate it may be time to let go:
      1. Your needs aren't being met.
      2. You're seeking those needs from others.
      3. You're scared to ask for more from your partner.
      4. Your friends and family don't support your relationship.
      5. You feel obligated to stay with your partner.
      27 Aug 2018

      What is a unhealthy friendship like? ›

      Toxic friendships happen when one person is being emotionally harmed or used by another, making the relationship more of a burden than support,” says Suzanne Degges-White, author of Toxic Friendships. A bad friendship can increase your blood pressure, lower your immunity, and affect your mental health.

      How long is a friendship? ›

      In fact, a 2009 Dutch study found that a large majority of friendships only last about seven years. Like any relationship, friendships take work if you want them to last. So we asked a group of experts what they believe is the number one thing that makes friendships last a lifetime.

      What causes friendships to fail? ›

      The most significant factors in ending a friendship were discovered to be, broadly, selfishness, being more likely to end friendships with those who looked after their own interest, were not supportive of them, were dishonest, and were taking without giving, among the prime reasons.

      Is keeping a relationship secret a red flag? ›

      Too much secrecy can be a red flag because the actions being kept secret can often be dangerous, illegal, disloyal, and/or abusive. Be advised though, there is a BIG difference between secrecy and privacy. We deserve to have some “me time” and we deserve to have time to take care of ourselves on our own terms.

      What is a low key relationship? ›

      A low-key relationship means the couple doesn't appreciate displaying their relationship publicly, except in the presence of close friends and family members. Meanwhile, many people have trouble categorizing their relationship as either a private or secret relationship. Simple!

      Why do people keep relationships hidden? ›

      Some people like to keep a relationship private when they're not sure where it's going. Still, others want to keep a relationship secret because they are also involved with another person, or not completely over their previous relationship.

      What is the root cause of oversharing? ›

      Oversharing (O/S thinking):

      Sometimes oversharing is also the result of a misguided attempt to gain sympathy. If you share your mistakes to help others, you are being authentic; if you share too much to gain sympathy, then you are oversharing.

      What makes a person Overshare? ›

      Trying to fast-track the relationship

      A common reason for oversharing is the desire to build depth and emotional intimacy before the relationship is ready. This can often be connected to stress or a fear of not being liked by the person. First dates, new coworkers, or mutual friends often elicit this oversharing.

      What mental illness makes you Overshare? ›

      Oversharing can all too often be a smokescreen for a serious psychological issue, including things like anxiety disorder and borderline personality disorder. And the first hint can be whether you can control your blather or not.

      How is oversharing a trauma response? ›

      Trauma dumping refers to persistently oversharing traumatic experiences with people who may not be ready or willing to receive this information. Trauma is a sensitive topic. While some conversations bring intimacy and healing, others may breed more trauma. It's not always clear when bringing up trauma is appropriate.

      What is avoid oversharing? ›

      What is oversharing? Oversharing can be posting too frequently, posting inappropriate content such as discriminatory statements, disparaging your previous employers—or in the case of the Cisco story, potential employer and posting incriminating photos.

      How do you connect with someone without oversharing? ›

      How to lead authentically without oversharing: 8 do's and don'ts
      1. Do: Examine your intent. ...
      2. Do: Think before speaking. ...
      3. Do: Look for teachable moments. ...
      4. Don't: Mistake authentic sharing for an opportunity to complain. ...
      5. Don't: Talk behind another person's back. ...
      6. Don't: Share secrets – yours, the company's or other people's.

      How do you not reveal yourself too much? ›

      How To Stop Talking About Yourself And Listen Instead
      1. Be aware of whose story is being told. Listen for the story in a conversation. ...
      2. Look for what you can learn, not what you can say. ...
      3. Ask probing questions. ...
      4. When you do talk about yourself, keep it brief. ...
      5. If you say the words I, Me, and My, you're talking about yourself.
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      Is oversharing selfish? ›

      Oversharing is about poor boundaries. It's a misplaced request for emotional labour or support that is inappropriate for the wider situation or the relationship with another person. It comes from a purely selfish place.

      What are the red flags in a relationship? ›

      13 red flags in a relationship to look out for
      • Overly controlling behavior. Overly controlling behavior is a common red flag. ...
      • Lack of trust. ...
      • Feeling low self-esteem. ...
      • Physical, emotional, or mental abuse. ...
      • Substance abuse. ...
      • Narcissism. ...
      • Anger management issues. ...
      • Codependency.
      1 Feb 2022

      How do I know if I am a toxic one? ›

      Signs of a toxic person.
      1. You're always sarcastic.
      2. You deal with conflict in a roundabout way.
      3. Everything is a competition.
      4. You turn everything into a joke.
      5. You want to fix everyone and everything.
      6. You secretly crave disaster because of the care you receive from it.
      29 Jun 2021

      What do toxic boyfriends do? ›

      Toxic relationships are characterized by a lack of trust, controlling behaviors, and frequent lying. Often one partner is prioritized instead of coming together as a team. While toxic relationships can, at times, be healed, both partners must be willing to adapt and work on the relationship.

      How many guys has the average girl slept with? ›

      Nectar Sleep surveyed Americans to discover how many sexual partners they had before settling down. The average number for people who identify as men was 26, the average number for people who identify as women was 19. But other studies have shown that people often lie about their number.

      How many condoms do you use in a night? ›

      No, you should never use more than one condom at a time. Using two condoms actually offers less protection than using just one. Why? Using two condoms can cause friction between them, weakening the material and increasing the chance that the condoms might break.

      What 3 things make a relationship great? ›

      All healthy relationships share the following three core components: Mutual respect. Mutual trust. Mutual affection.

      What are the 5 qualities of a good relationship? ›

      Healthy Relationships
      • Mutual respect. Respect means that each person values who the other is and understands the other person's boundaries.
      • Trust. Partners should place trust in each other and give each other the benefit of the doubt.
      • Honesty. ...
      • Compromise. ...
      • Individuality. ...
      • Good communication. ...
      • Anger control. ...
      • Fighting fair.

      How does a toxic person behave? ›

      The toxic traits of a toxic person include unsupportive and unpleasant behavior, being manipulative, judgmental, controlling, and self-centered. Such people can be the cause of various negative feelings and emotions that you may be experiencing like depression, anxiousness, worthlessness, and unhappiness.

      What are signs of a toxic girlfriend? ›

      She wants you all by herself

      A toxic girlfriend couldn't stand the idea of you spending your time with anyone else. She expects to be the most important person in your life, all the time. Even if you want to spend time with your friends, colleagues, or family, she gets angry or upset.

      What are signs a relationship will last? ›

      Your relationship will last forever if your trust, intimacy, and love grow with time. Also, if your future goals and plans are aligned with each other, you can make your relationship work to last a lifetime. Remember that a true win for couples is when they fight but do not forget to respect each other.

      Why do relationships just end? ›

      Common causes for breakups include personality differences, lack of time spent together, infidelity, lack of positive interactions between the couple, low sexual satisfaction, and low overall relationship satisfaction. Ending a relationship is one of the most difficult things we have to do.

      What are 2 warning signs of an unhealthy relationship? ›

      Some of these are sneakier to identify than others, which often leaves many of us unaware of our unhealthy relationships until later on.
      hOW to identify toxic relationships 15 Warning signs
      • Love Bombing. ...
      • Jealousy. ...
      • Keeping a scorecard. ...
      • Being blamed for their emotions. ...
      • DRAMA. ...
      • Contempt. ...
      • Self-betrayal. ...
      • Stonewalling.
      5 Mar 2020

      What are 3 warning signs of an unhealthy relationship? ›

      Recognizing the signs of unhealthy relationships
      • Control. One person makes all the decisions and tells the other what to do, what to wear, or who to spend time with. ...
      • Dependence. ...
      • Digital monitoring or “clocking”. ...
      • Dishonesty. ...
      • Disrespect. ...
      • Hostility. ...
      • Harassment. ...
      • Intimidation.

      What are five warning signs of an unhealthy relationship? ›

      5 signs of an unhealthy relationship
      • Feeling pressured. If your partner pressures you to do something you don't want to do (especially in relation to sexual pursuits), it's an immediate red flag.
      • Being threatened. ...
      • Violence. ...
      • Isolation. ...
      • Loss of control. ...
      • Respect. ...
      • Consent. ...
      • Communication.
      14 Feb 2022

      What are secrets to tell friends? ›

      6 Secrets You Can Tell Your Friends, But Not Your Partner
      • Secrets About Surprising Them. Giphy. ...
      • Comparisons About Them & Exes. ...
      • Anything That You've Agreed You Wouldn't Share. ...
      • Negative Feelings Or Thoughts About Their Parents. ...
      • Strong Feelings Or Thoughts About Their Close Friends. ...
      • Negative Thoughts Your Family Has About Them.
      20 Feb 2018

      What secrets should I tell my friend? ›

      If you haven't yet, plan a fun girls' night in with wine and snacks to confess these seven secrets to each other.
      • Your Current Crush. ...
      • The Lowdown On Your Tinder Date Horror Stories. ...
      • Your Netflix, Hulu, And HBO Passwords. ...
      • The People You Pretend To Like, But Really Can't Stand. ...
      • Your Embarrassing Childhood Stories.
      2 Nov 2017

      What should I tell my friends? ›

      What to Say to Someone
      • You are more fun than anyone or anything I know, including bubble wrap.
      • You are the most perfect you there is.
      • You are enough.
      • You are one of the strongest people I know.
      • You look great today.
      • You have the best smile.
      • Your outlook on life is amazing.
      • You just light up the room.
      6 Jul 2017

      What are best friends Rules? ›

      The golden rules of friendship are:
      • A great friend will be a good listener.
      • Give you an honest opinion.
      • Silences are never awkward with them.
      • They provide a shoulder to cry on.
      • They have shared interests with you.
      • You have the ability to not see each other for long periods but nothing changes.
      13 Sept 2014

      What are some deep dark secrets? ›

      20 Deep, Dark Secrets No Girl Wants You to Know
      • I don't love him. ...
      • I am sleeping with him for his money. ...
      • I do funny things while showering. ...
      • I am not a commitment phobe. ...
      • Yeah, I went under the knife, but you don't know it. ...
      • I pick my nose; so what? ...
      • I have decided to leave him, just have to figure out when!
      11 Jul 2014

      How can I arouse my best friend? ›

      If the friend you want to seduce is already close and comfortable enough with you, regular conversation should come naturally to the two of you. With the foundations in place, you'll want to work playful flirting into your talk. Exchanging light, teasing remarks into your conversation is a great place to start.

      What is a good secret? ›

      A good secret could be a surprise trip out, a birthday party or a present. Someone telling you to keep a secret that you do not like, or feel upset about. Anyone saying you must not tell.

      Should you tell everything to your friend? ›

      But at times, it's okay to not tell your best friend everything under the sun. Keeping mum about some of the details doesn't really hurt or mean that you're making an effort to disrespect the sacred bond of 'friendship'. Sometimes 'not TMI' is fine, especially in front of your bestie.

      Should I talk to my friends about my relationship? ›

      Discussing problems in your romantic relationship with your friends can be beneficial to you, your friendship, and your romantic relationship. There's no reason to feel guilty about talking to your close friends about your relationship, as long as you're being honest and not sharing anything too personal.

      Should I tell my friend about my secret relationship? ›

      Should I tell my friend my secret? Yes. It's likely your friend loves you and through your connection has a strong feeling that many recent events just haven't added up and has serendipitously pieced the clues together for a damn good circumstantial case.

      What do you call a girl bestie? ›

      BFF (Best Friend Forever)

      How do you tell if someone is using you emotionally? ›

      9 signs someone is using you in a relationship
      1. The conversation is always about them. ...
      2. They always let you pick up the check. ...
      3. You always have to come to their rescue. ...
      4. They never say thank you. ...
      5. They're always asking for favors. ...
      6. You start to resent them. ...
      7. Your emotional needs are never considered, let alone met.
      1 Nov 2018

      Is there a girl code? ›

      What is 'girl code'? “'Girl code' is the rules of being a woman, especially with regards to dating,” says Ellen Scott. It's stuff like: you can't date your friend's ex, you also can't date your ex's friend. If you saw your friend's boyfriend cheating on them – you'd have to tell your friend.

      What does a true best friend do? ›

      A real friend is someone that you can rely on. You know that they will keep their plans with you. You know that you can rely on them to show up for you when you need it. Real friends are people that have proven they will show up for you in the past and will continue to do so because you are a priority to them.


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