Topic: In Love or just friends?

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In Love or just friends?
22.05.2019 by chemistree

Recently had a third ‘breakup’ with someone close to me. It’s due to my inability to understand if I am romantically involved or just like her as a friend. I was born female but identify as male/non-binary, and I am 20, and she is 22. She is across the country now but we are trying to figure out if we should continue talking as friends because I’ve expressed confusion in my feelings.

How do you know if you like like someone romantically, or if you just like them as a friend? Basing it off of my behaviors hasn’t helped and made me more confused, because Ive done affectionate things (cuddling, playing with hair, holding hands) with people I view as just friends.

22.05.2019 by Will1234

No clue, there is literally no way I can help, I struggle finding if people like me in general and then I don’t believe it if they do.


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