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How to handle a bragging friend
Bragging can be one of the most annoying traits in a friend, but it can also signify a deep-seated insecurity...

Some people brag because they truly are good at something and donít mind telling the world while others brag because they simply feel they are and want others to know.

There are many reasons why people brag, but when someone brags all the time about everything, it could mean the person has a problem. When that person is your friend, perhaps itís time to try and help.

Be patient with your friend

If you have a friend who brags all the time about everything, it is important to remain patient. There is obviously a reason why this person is your friend and you have become accepting for the way he/she is all the time.

Remaining patient will help you get down to the real problem at hand and allow the good qualities to be brought out.

Observe your friend

Donít pay so much attention to what is said, but rather focus on what isnít said. There is usually a reason for the bragging. Often, people who feel insecure about themselves will brag in an effort to feel better or try and create a more positive self image.

Build her confidence

If he/she is insecure, perhaps itís time to try remedying that. Sometimes all it takes is a kind, encouraging word to get someoneís day moving in the right direction. Say enough of them and you may be able to begin changing an entire mindset. Repetition is the key.

Politely change the subject

Another way to divert your friend from bragging continuously is to change the subject whenever it begins. Let your friend talk for a minute, then politely influence the conversation to move on to something else.

Talk to your friend about her bragging

If you are particularly close to this person, you should be able to bring up the topic in a way that will be taken constructively. While this may be difficult to discuss, your efforts might be met with a positive response. Your friend may not even realize he/she is bragging and your words may make all the difference in the world.

Remember: be kind, gentle and understanding.

Most of all, accept your friend for who she is

This is a very important aspect of friendship. If the friendship is strong, the bragging wonít break it. While the bragging may be annoying, it isnít a testament of the person inside.

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