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A friend's mother I hardly have any relation suddenly told me "I love you!"

Answer from our relationship expert:

When someone expresses love or affection unexpectedly, it can be surprising and uncomfortable, especially if the relationship is not romantic or familial. In this situation, it's essential to respond with honesty, kindness, and respect. You can acknowledge the sentiment by expressing gratitude or appreciation for their kindness while gently setting boundaries and clarifying the nature of your relationship. For example, you might say something like, "Thank you for your kind words; I value our friendship, but I want to be clear that I see you as a friend and nothing more." By addressing the situation with sensitivity and honesty, you can maintain the relationship while respecting both your boundaries and theirs.

When someone unexpectedly expresses love or affection, it's important to respond with honesty, kindness, and respect. Acknowledge the sentiment with gratitude or appreciation while gently setting boundaries and clarifying the nature of your relationship. For example, you might say something like, "Thank you for your kind words; I value our friendship, but I want to be clear that I see you as a friend and nothing more." By addressing the situation with sensitivity and honesty, you can maintain the relationship while respecting both your boundaries and theirs.

References. 

Psychology Today - Responding to Unwanted Advances

Updated: 

April 17, 2024

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