Our expert says:
Dear DR Phill. We do what works for us. On some level being there for others is working for you. But if you are starting to feel used you should establish some boundaries. It has often been said that that when you give advice to others you are also giving that advice to yourself. It would be an interesting exercise for you to think about if you really believe that you are worthy of getting what you are looking for. Subconsciously you may believe that it is better to give than to receive. The fact of the matter is that one can only really be there for others if you are there for yourself. That means having a clearly defined idea of what you want from life and going after it. You do not have to stop being there for your friends, as long as you are not neglecting yourself in the process.
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