Originally Posted by pyrogen
This. I'm moving away from my negative friends to a very large extent.
Regarding being able to just be yourself around your friends... this has been increasing. I think you'll find this as you start just simply being courageously yourself at all costs, and organizing your life so that you can live holistically.
Oh, I have been, but there was one person I have let go of who would not let me be me. I know it was him because of the difference I feel when I am around my other new friend (who took all the photos of me for my av) and how free I am to be myself around him.
I think although it has to do with you allowing yourself to be yourself, external influences can be a factor as well, especially if they are actively trying to suppress you in some way and mold you to how they want you to be.
That can make it harder when a person isn't accepting themselves and therefore does not accept the people around them the way they are. As we all know, there are some men in the world who think women 'should' be a certain way, and if they aren't that way they will try and suppress them...usually when they feel threatened in some way.