You've probably heard of the friend zone, but have sầu you considered that you might actually be in the sister zone?

Though you may not be familiar with the term yet, it's something that happens all the time. Keep reading lớn find out more about sister-zoning, và lớn find out if it might be happening to lớn you.

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What Is the Sister Zone?

The sister zone is a slight variation on the friover zone, in which a girl's potential love interest doesn't reciprocate her feelings because they think of her as something like a sister.

While the term implies a closeness that "friend zone" does not, it can often mean that there's even less of a chance of a relationship there. For one, calling someone a sister is shorth& for saying you're not interested in them romantically. And even if you're saying it to deflect your true feelings, that kinship means you probably don't want to bởi anything khổng lồ change the status quo và potentially thất bại her as a friend.

This can also be known as the brother zone when someone labels someone else as their brother, và some people use the more gender-neutral "sibling zone" or "family zone" to refer lớn this phenomenon. It's a tricky place to lớn be, but what can you do?


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The Warning Signs

If your crush prefers lớn give sầu you high-fives over hugs, calls you "bro" and tries khổng lồ phối you up with their friends, it's likely that they just don't like you that way. You may feel like there's some intimacy in a relationship, & you feel comfortable around them in a way that you just aren't with others, but where you feel love stirring, they think of you as family. Of course, the biggest clue is that they hotline you their "sister" frequently, và to lớn anyone who'll hear it.

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Don't Think of It as a 'Zone'

We actually prefer to lớn avoid calling anything the friover zone or sister zone because the word "zone" sounds like a location you can move in and out of. In relationships, the roles aren't usually so temporary or changeable. Calling it a "zone" gives too many people the idea that through self-improvement, flattery, or even manipulation & trickery, you can graduate out of the "zone" inkhổng lồ a relationship, and 99% of the time, that simply isn't the case. Rethành viên that love sầu can't be bought, & no one owes you affection, regardless of how much you've "earned" it. It's hard, but the first step is coming khổng lồ terms with the facts—especially now that you know they think of you as a family thành viên.


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Understanding Intentions

Being treated like a "sister" by someone you admire won't always look the same, or even come from similar mindsets. While some people will gọi you a sister lớn actively dissuade your interest in them, others might harbor closeness for their own gain, and others yet will hotline you a sister because that's exactly how they think of you.

Maybe they notice that you lượt thích them, but they like someone else and want to lớn prevent your feelings from getting hurt. Maybe they lượt thích a friover of yours, và they're actually using you to become closer to that person.

Other times, it can even come from a subconsciously familial place. If they're best friends with your brother, for example, they might see you as a sister because of the role you play when they're hanging out. Similarly, if you're cchiến bại with your crush's sister, they might associate you with being a sibling. Understanding where they're actually coming from is the best way to protect yourself from actual heartbreak.


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For more help on navigating your crushes, click HERE lớn find out what it means when a crush called you "dude."

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