My best friend has a crush on me

I have a best friend; we are friends for the past 5 years. I think he has a crush on me which I don’t like. My first priority is my studies and family. My family has no restrictions on love marriages but I don’t have feelings for him. I don’t know what to do. I don’t want to break my friendship with him.
Deepika (17)

Dear Deepika, I think you are running too fast with your imagination. You “think” that a good friend has a “crush” on you, which means you think he is infatuated with you, and you are already imagining the possibility of a love marriage! Are you really sure about the feelings of that boy? Did he tell you anything about that? If he tells you that he is emotionally attracted by you, tell him that you don’t have feelings for him in the same way that he has and that you are happy to continue your relationship with him as a good friend and nothing more. Just speak the truth.

Dr Anthony Grugni, MD

Dr Anthony Grugni, MD

Dr Anthony Grugni, MD, has a degree in medicine and is a professional counsellor. For the last 30 years he has been providing youth with practical advice to help them tackle urgent and troubling issues.
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Dr Anthony Grugni, MD

Dr Anthony Grugni, MD, has a degree in medicine and is a professional counsellor. For the last 30 years he has been providing youth with practical advice to help them tackle urgent and troubling issues.