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La Lioness Priyanka Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 02:07 PM
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If you have a friend whom you dont find attractive (just not your cuppa tea)...but s/he is experiencing self esteem issues regarding his/her attractiveness...basically feeling old/ugly/undesired...


What do you say?


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WCGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 02:10 PM
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1. Why don't you try a makeover, honey.....
You know, like on TV...

That's what I would say...
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La Lioness Priyanka Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 02:11 PM
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2. meh....
i was really asking if lying under these conditions is a friendship obligation
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hfojvt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 02:18 PM
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5. what is lying anyway?
Just because I do not find a person attractive does not mean that the rest of my species or sex will agree with me.
Lying is not an obligation, but it is possible to find something nice or something helpful to say.
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La Lioness Priyanka Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 02:19 PM
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6. i agree.
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hfojvt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 02:15 PM
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3. I just talk about me
It's my favorite subject anyway, and since I am old/ugly/undesired I can certainly relate to this person. Except they seem to be one-up on me - they have a friend. Probably have two working legs too, but I should catch up to that in a couple weeks.
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La Lioness Priyanka Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 02:16 PM
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4. if it wasnt clear...i dont think s/he is old/ugly/undesirable
that was his/her opinion on the matter
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hfojvt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 02:31 PM
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11. then why would you need to lie about that?
In one sense anybody over age 30 is old in the sense of "no longer young" and there's usually a bunch of young whippersnappers running around reminding you of this. We are all ten years older than we were a decade ago.
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AlCzervik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 02:19 PM
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7. thats an inside out problem. I guess just being there and trying to
get them to focus on their positive attributes--ie, great sense of humor, intelligence, awesome ability to pick friends :D People are so hard on themselves.
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La Lioness Priyanka Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 02:21 PM
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8. yeah...its just that i cant provide validation for their appearance
in the way they would like/need....
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In_The_Wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 02:21 PM
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9. Tell them:
They are perfect as they are if you can but don't ever lie to a friend.
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La Lioness Priyanka Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 02:24 PM
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10. thanks joan
i value your advice
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bigwillq Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 03:28 PM
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12. Just because you don't find them attractive
doesn't mean that they don't have attractive qualities about them.
Try and find the most attractive feature and talk it up. It doens't have to be a physical trait, it could be their personality or the way they tell a story--something like that.

But if this person is a real close friend, there's no reason why you can't be honest. If they're in need of a makeover, there's no shame in telling them that.

Good luck with this situation. :hi:
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OhioBlue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 03:43 PM
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13. I have met people that I thought were unattractive
Edited on Sat Mar-04-06 03:44 PM by OhioBlue
but after I got to know them, they seemed more attractive to me.. or at least didn't seem unattractive. I guess if they are your friend there is always some attribute that you find attractive in them that you could highlight.
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