I really need some advice in dealing with a close, long time friend who is driving me mental with her competitive ways!
I read somewhere that competitive friends act like that because they are insecure with their own lives and that definitely is the reason.
It is becoming to the point where I am too afraid to start a conversation in fear that she will lash out and be nasty in her remarks.
At the moment my dealing method is to either fake laugh and pretend to take it as a joke or quickly change the conversation.
I normally wouldn't mind and take it in one ear and out the other but lately she has turned nasty and mean with her remarks. I can't take it anymore! I don't even want to talk to her because its almost like I know what she will say back. Also don't mean to sound totally up myself but it feels as if she is completely jealous of my life and finds little ways to pick at my feelings.
I'm losing my mind! I know I have to speak up and say something but every time I have done that in the past it has resulted in us having long term fights which I definitely do NOT want to happen.
How has anyone else dealt with these types of people!?