How do you tell a friend you do not like them without being mean?

  • You still refer to this person as a friend so you have to make up your mind if they are a friend or not. If you really don't like them then there should be no bond of friendship between the two of you. If this person has done nothing out of the ordinary to hurt you and you just don't like them for reasons of your own then it is far kinder to be honest and tell them that you need some head space and prefer that you get that time and you may contact them in the future. If the person refuses to accept what you have to say then you will have to be cruel to be kind and tell them that the friendship is over and be honest as to why it is over.