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Dear Johnny,

A guy likes me, and I just told him that I wasn’t interested. I’m kind of mad at him because he acted as if I was his girlfriend and thought that I was without me even confirming his question, (if I would go out with him) but I feel bad because after I rejected him, he told me that he had a really bad day. What can I do to make him feel better without him getting the wrong idea? -Skullz ‘n’ Skittles


It’s not your fault. For someone to feel bad, they have to first (a) have something happen and (b) choose to interpret it as negative. The problem is that some people see everything as bad and feel lousy all the time. Don’t get fooled into thinking that you’re responsible if — when you think clearly about it — there’s nothing there.


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