Rejection is part and parcel of the dating game but what if the tables were turned and you are the one doing the rejection? Maybe she’s not your type, you don’t see her that way or you’re simply not interested; you might have to turn down a woman’s advances one day.
Almost all the women we asked agreed that being upfront about your feelings is the way to go. There’s no way around this that isn’t going to end up hurting her feelings, says Lili, online writer. She suggests a guy to “Just tell her directly that he only wants to remain as friends and that he doesn’t wish his rejection would change anything – even though it will – because he truly cherishes their friendship.”
If you’re already friends, then this is no reason to break up your friendship. Lynn’s opinion is that "If the two are friends before, then it’s definitely much easier to be friends after this episode." But it’s definitely embarrassing for both parties. The chances of you remaining friends might be slim, cautions Maninder. "Hopefully, she is one of them girls who appreciate honesty," she says. Ultimately, whether or not the two of you remain friends relies on the girl and how gently you let her down.