Question: My best friend recently told me she has feelings for me. Not only that, she then proceeds to say that she’s in love with me! When she first told me, I told her that I don't feel that way back. I recently broke up with my girlfriend so I’m assuming she thought it would be a great opportunity to let me know how she feels. Unfortunately, I just don't like her like that and don't want to ruin our friendship. Even though I don't feel the same way about her, I do value our friendship a lot. I still want to be friends with her (we've known each other for over 15 years) but I feel like things are so awkward between us now. Is there a way I can repair our friendship without leading her on? (Irvine, CA)
Social Shrink: What an awkward situation! That is what’s tricky when you are close friends with the opposite sex. You have to give her credit for waiting until you broke up with your ex to tell you. Remember how Julia Roberts told her best friend in "My Best Friend's Wedding" she loved him the day of his wedding? That couldn't have been worse timing and all this drama ensued. Although she poured her heart out to you and you didn't reciprocate those feelings, it doesn’t mean that your friendship can’t be repaired if the two of you work on it.