A professional love coach has revealed the simplest way to get out of the friend zone.
Shaun Galanos posted a video to his TikTok account explaining how the concept of the friend zone doesn't technically exist.
For those unaware, the friend zone is an often maligned place where a person feels they have been categorised as a friend by someone close to them instead of a potential partner.
Loads of friend zoned individuals end up getting to hear about their soulmate's romantic pursuits all while singing Robyn's 'Dancing on my Own' in their head.
They get to be a shoulder to cry on, a person to vent to, a person that gets to do all the stuff a partner would do but without the intimacy. This is generally what's called being a friend.
Some in the friend zone won't air their feelings to the person and will instead just hope that one day a light bulb will go off in their heads that they're meant to be together.
However, if you don't want to be in this situation then Shaun has revealed the simple, one-trick method to stop all this.
He told his followers: "The reason you think that you are in the friend zone is because you have put them in the boyfriend or girlfriend zone and I don't believe the friend zone exists but if you want to get out of it then all you gotta do is this one thing.
"It's called 'ask them on a date'."
While it may sound simple, it's understandable that a lot of people don't do this because they're worried about rejection and all sorts of things.
However, Shaun went on to explain why he doesn't believe the friend zone exists.
"It's a made-up construct," he said. "You have put yourself in the friend zone because you are scared of letting someone else know that you like them.
"And you're sacred of them saying that they don't like you. You're scared of rejection, which is totally normal.
"But don't blame somebody else for putting you in the friend zone because you haven't done what you need to do to let them know that you're interested."
Shaun explained that if you take his advice and ask that special someone on a date and they say no then that doesn't mean you're in a friend zone, it just means they're 'not feeling it'.
"Which is totally fine because sometimes you don't feel it with other people also and that's totally fine," he added.
Shaun ended the clip by saying you'll never know the other person's feelings unless you take that first step and ask them.
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