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Girlfriend’s Male Best Friend Sleeping Over

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My girlfriend’s male best friend has been sleeping over at her house. See, he recently moved into my house, and since he’s moved, he’s spent more time at her house than anywhere else. I’m perfectly okay with them hanging out, I’m glad she has such a good friend. But at the end of the day, I really am not okay with him sleeping over at her house when I’m not there. (Question from Canada)

Girlfriend’s Male Best Friend Sleeping Over

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This doesn’t seem to be a question as much as it is a statement. It sounds clear that you don’t like it and want it to stop — but seem to be wanting some guidance in how to deliver the message. Toward this end I am suggesting it is time for an important discussion in your relationship. There are five things that are going on that need some attention on your end before this can take place:

First, the boundaries are too muddied. Why does her friend move into your house—and then sleep at her place? Let’s get this cleared up because it makes no sense and certainly doesn’t sound like it was part of what you signed up for. What were you expecting, and is this still the case? This needs to be explained. Perhaps there is a good explanation that no one has explained (such as proximity to work) but this needs to be articulated so it can be understood.

Secondly, have you and she talked about this? It doesn’t seem so from your email. Does she know your discomfort? If she does is she ignoring it, defending against it, or dismissing it? Or, is it that you have simply not talked to her about it? She needs to understand your feelings. However, before you can express them to her you’ll need to understand them yourself. Take some time to sort this all through in your own mind. Do you feel betrayed? Are you angry? Disappointed? Miffed? Try to figure out what it is you are feeling so it can be accurately expressed.

Next, what prompted you to have him come stay with you? What were the arrangements and expectations? Somehow, if it were known that he’d move in and you’d be left alone in your place while he is with your girlfriend, you’d not have agreed to it. I think you need to chat with him about your initial thoughts with this arrangement. Does he know your feelings? Think a bit about what your point of view is and then have the discussion.

Is this a deal breaker? What if both of them (or either one of them) are not willing to change. What will you do? Do you end the relationship? Do you have him move out? Or do you find ways to cope? Think this through before saying something. While it is difficult to think about it is better to run through all the options in your mind first so you’ll have done some thinking about what you’ll do if things go south. None of these thoughts have to be acted on, but it is often a good idea to think about them so you can have a sense of where your thinking is at.

Finally, don’t sit on this too long. The resentment that will build from you not speaking up will eventually spill over and disrupt your relationship(s). Find a way to confront this situation sooner rather than later.

Wishing you patience and peace,
Dr. Dan
Proof Positive Blog @ PsychCentral

Girlfriend’s Male Best Friend Sleeping Over

Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP

Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: http://www.dare2behappy.com/. He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

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Tomasulo, D. (2019). Girlfriend’s Male Best Friend Sleeping Over. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 20, 2019, from https://psychcentral.com/ask-the-therapist/2019/08/22/girlfriends-male-best-friend-sleeping-over/
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