Much ado earlier in the year got sparked by NY clinical psychologist, Arianna Brandolini.
She aimed to help people grasp the nettle when it comes to ending a friendship.
Under the handle answeranxiety, her suggested script was seemingly put forward as an alternative to the oft-unsatisfactory letting things fade away or ghosting (although strangely does seem to be in the friend-shaming context of them being withdrawn and not wanting to hang out);
"I've treasured our season of friendship, but we're moving in different directions in life. I don't have the capacity to invest in our friendship any longer...
I get that it might be hard to understand, but I've been re-evaluating many areas of my life recently, including my ability to be a good friend to you.
I just want to be honest and upfront, so I don't disappoint your expectations. I'm sorry if this feels painful and confusing. I wish you all love and success."
Boom. As I believe posters like to read.
Most comment wondered whether this was in fact too corporate, pre-planned and impersonal a language to use.
Many dismissed it as either comedy, or AI generated advice. Or both.
Still, in the more formal setting of Enterprise relationships, is there any crossover to how we approach those whom we wish to pay our bills?
Let's try a little adaptation.
What would mean you treasure this partnership?
What could extend this work beyond say, a season?
What capacity do you have to invest in this idea?
What might lead to a re-evaluation of this path?
What could ensure your expectations are not (being) disappointed?
Well. Stilted still? Or tilting towards the nub?