When Friendship Clashes with Social Boundaries: A Tale of Two College Students 🎨

Diply Social Team
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Picture this: two best friends, M and our storyteller (let's call her 'Guardian Angel'), both 18, excitedly sign up for an art class in their first year of college. M, a shy and kind-hearted girl from Japan, has always been uncomfortable with the touchy nature of Americans. Guardian Angel, understanding and protective, has always been there to intervene when things get too close for comfort. But what happens when an autistic classmate enters the scene, misunderstanding M's shyness for shared experiences? 🎨👩‍🎨👨‍🎨

Meet M: The Shy Butterfly 🦋

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Guardian Angel: The Protective Friend 👼

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The Art Class Encounter 🎨

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Misunderstood Intentions 😕

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Crossing Boundaries 🚧

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Taking Action 🛡️

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The Aftermath 😢

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A Difficult Dilemma 🤔

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Cultural Differences and Personal Boundaries 🌏

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A Protective Friend's Dilemma 🤷‍♀️

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Seeking Help from the Professor 👩‍🏫

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The Professor's Intervention 👩‍🏫

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The Struggle Continues 😔

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A Difficult Goodbye 😢

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A Friend's Dilemma 🥺

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When Friendship Meets Cultural Differences and Personal Boundaries 🌏🚧

In a whirlwind of emotions, cultural differences, and personal boundaries, Guardian Angel finds herself in a tough spot. She's torn between her protective instincts for her friend M and empathy for their autistic classmate who misinterprets M's shyness for shared experiences. Despite their attempts to distance themselves and the professor's interventions, the classmate continues to cross M's personal boundaries. As M struggles with her past traumas and cultural differences, Guardian Angel grapples with her role as a friend. This tale of friendship, cultural sensitivity, and personal boundaries leaves us wondering: How far would you go to protect a friend? 🤔

Explaining non-verbal cues to an autistic friend can be helpful 👍

clauclauclaudia | clauclauclaudia

NAH, communicate with empathy: talk to him or the teacher 👨‍🗨

timeforknowledge | timeforknowledge

NAH. Friend needs counseling, autism doesn't excuse behavior 👍

UnusualOddDuck | UnusualOddDuck

Defending a friend without being rude makes you NTA! 👏

Cocophanical | Cocophanical

Teaching boundaries to an autistic child: heartwarming progress and advice ❤️

rachiam | rachiam

ESH (but an understanding one) Friend lacks boundaries, guy lacks communication skills 🙄

darya42 | darya42

Barricading for safety: Non-verbal communication and boundary enforcement 👍

Corn__bean | Corn__bean

Being protective of a friend without crossing boundaries 🙌

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Protecting a friend from a sketchy guy. NTA 👊

Rutschkitty | Rutschkitty

Defending a friend makes you NTA 👏

Own_Bag | Own_Bag

Defending a friend against creepy behavior. NTA! 💪

Hoosier_Mama75 | Hoosier_Mama75

NTA: Open communication can help bridge social boundaries with empathy

Growlitherapy | Growlitherapy

Navigating social boundaries with an autistic person: communication is key! 👍

socialjusticecleric7 | socialjusticecleric7

"YTA. Standing up for your friend was great, but you handled it like an 8 year old 🤯"

ronahc | ronahc

Navigating friendship boundaries and miscommunication with empathy and understanding 💜

girlpower0823 | girlpower0823

NAH for trying to help your friend, but handle it better 👍

piximelon | piximelon

Engaging with an Autistic Classmate: Open Communication and Understanding 👍

biggayrat | biggayrat

Setting boundaries with empathy: NTA's perspective on personal space 👍

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Inappropriate convo? NTA! Don't owe friendship. Get seats moved! 🚩

ChrisPBacon420Blaze | ChrisPBacon420Blaze

Awkward encounter leads to clash of boundaries. NTA vs YTA.

Xarithios | Xarithios

NTA, but communication is key for resolving conflicts 👍

BinkBonkers | BinkBonkers

NTA, kindly explain why and be friendly with him 😊

laielelf | laielelf

Showing compassion and understanding can prevent uncomfortable situations. 🤓

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YTA - Approach the situation with empathy and open communication 👍

ham-solomi | ham-solomi

NAH, but a conversation is needed to set boundaries. 👍

scorpio6519 | scorpio6519

NTA, Autism doesn't give a pass to invade personal space 👍

Drakeskulled_Reaper | Drakeskulled_Reaper

INFO: Friend's passivity and cultural differences hinder her personal growth. 🤔

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NTA, but communication is key to avoid unnecessary sulking 💬

Mopsydoll | Mopsydoll

Setting boundaries and addressing inappropriate behavior with a friend 🙌

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Autism isn't an excuse. Not the a**hole 🙅

jo_su_ke | jo_su_ke

INFO: Did you physically block him or just create space?

sockmaster420 | sockmaster420

Teaching empathy can bridge gaps and foster understanding 💜

Philosopher_1 | Philosopher_1

Navigating personal boundaries with kindness and understanding 🙏

alaskadotpink | alaskadotpink

Understanding and supporting a neurodivergent friend in social situations 🤝

thisoneisoutofnames | thisoneisoutofnames

Friendship vs. Boundaries: Prioritizing Comfort and Safety 🙌

propita106 | propita106

Autism doesn't excuse making others uncomfortable, but clear communication helps 👍

usernamesforusername | usernamesforusername

Non-confrontational approach to dealing with creepy behavior by autistic student 🤮

jokerkat | jokerkat

NTA. Friend seeks help escaping dangerous and inappropriate situation. 👏

LinaIsNotANoob | LinaIsNotANoob

"YTA. Autistic friend unknowingly crossed boundaries. You bullied and ostracized."

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Navigating friendship boundaries with empathy and understanding 🙏

Jaded_Jedi_66 | Jaded_Jedi_66

Engaging in a tough conversation: how to apologize without blame 👍

Jackie-Medeia | Jackie-Medeia

Being autistic isn't an excuse for creepy behavior 👎

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Setting boundaries with a friend: NAH, but it got messy 😬

A_Anaconda | A_Anaconda

Navigating boundaries with an autistic friend. Communication is key. 👍

cunninglinguist32557 | cunninglinguist32557

Respecting cultural differences: NTA explains Japanese non-confrontational culture 🌸

Lurkerdbs | Lurkerdbs

NTA. Encourage M to seek help from school officials 👍

AliceInWeirdoland | AliceInWeirdoland

Engaging advice on navigating social boundaries with an autistic friend 👍

Ndvorsky | Ndvorsky

Autistic commenter suggests seeking authority figure intervention for racist behavior.

dynamic_screwball | dynamic_screwball

Friend needs to assert herself, guy with autism lacks cues 🤷‍♀️

herdurrr | herdurrr

Navigating friendship boundaries and educating a potentially clueless friend 🤔

DeltaRoll | DeltaRoll

Engaging way to set boundaries and communicate effectively 👍

Boone137 | Boone137

Enlist the instructor to prevent this guy from following her! 💪

lavasca | lavasca

Friendship triumphs! 🤘✨

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A hilarious shitpost that will make you LOL 😂

Cautious_Nauseous | Cautious_Nauseous

Learning the hard way: Autistic friend crosses social boundaries 😔

jmerridew124 | jmerridew124

NTA comment sparks controversy over autism and social boundaries 🚨

Hasaki-Kun | Hasaki-Kun

ESH: Time for some tough love and honest communication 👍

GayAndProud6969 | GayAndProud6969

Be mindful of social boundaries when communicating with special circumstances. 🙏

sometimesijustwonder | sometimesijustwonder

"YTA- Autistic or not, treat him with respect and communicate."

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Navigating friendship boundaries can be tough 🤔

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INFO: Have you informed the instructor about the uncomfortable situation? 🤔

Bonnebunny | Bonnebunny

"YTA. Should have talked first. Last resort if no support."

GodzillaSuit | GodzillaSuit

YTA. Just talk to him, he's not an animal 👀

therainbowsweater | therainbowsweater

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