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Who stole my friend and turned them into a business Frankenstein?

Updated on September 1, 2012
Doing business has been critical for America. It has also hurt many friendships. Many people have balanced the two, yet for some success in one area means the destruction of the other.
Doing business has been critical for America. It has also hurt many friendships. Many people have balanced the two, yet for some success in one area means the destruction of the other.

Have you seen a friend change for business/money?

Relationships are always changing, this includes marriages, friendships and acquaintances. In many cases, the changes that occur are for the better of the relationship and for the people themselves. Even though we often want friends to accept us and accept our changes, it is often harder for us to accept such changes in our friends. One reason for this is that you may be depending on that friendship or that friend as a source of stability as you are having to deal with many changes yourself.


It is important that each of you allow there to be room for change in the friendship. When one party does not accept or tolerate change, the relationship is at risk for becoming stagnant. It is no longer a source of stability, the resistance to change is so strong, it has become a source of stagnation. Stagnation is not a quality that you like to see in water or in friendships. You may have to invest some work into the relationship in order to prevent stagnation from taking place. There are also situations where your friend changes too much. These changes are due to many things. Marriage, religion, traumas, military experience, greed, the sudden acquisition of wealth or even business can drive such changes. Some consists in changes in your friends behaviors. Others are of a more ‘radical’ nature, where they have changed down to their core being. Some of these changes you may view as being good for them, while others you may view as being not in their best interest or your best interest.



Although business success is often viewed as something that is good, it is not always good for friendships. There are times when your friend may not know how to turn the ‘business’ side of them off. When your friend begins viewing you as merchandise, you know something is wrong. In such instances, the business person attempts selling their goods to everyone they encounter. This may go back to some ‘corporate training’ they received. Corporate trainers are often highly skilled in working over groups, even to the point of lowering the trainees sense of humanity. The trainer leaves the group feeling accomplished, while friends and families are left having to pick up the pieces of the latest business Frankenstein monster creation. It is often you and their family that now have to live with the programming that was done to them.


Multi-level marketing (MLM) groups are notorious for making unwanted changes. The victims want achievement, promotion or more money. The trainers exploit those desires to transform people into machine like creations that function only for business 24 hours a day.


The business world is not the only place where such programming occurs. Some religions and the military also have years of experience in mind control where friends are totally changed into something that you do not recognize. Your friend has been turned into a programmable drone rather than an interactive, fully human person.

Danger Signs that Your Friends is Becoming and Business Frankenstein

You may wonder if there are warning signs or danger signs of your friend making such changes. There are definitely danger signs that your friend has changed in a bad way.


1. When they begin speaking in a monotone or staccato voice

2. When they cut off personal contact with you or are unresponsive to personal communications.

3. When they replace personal photos with those of the business, religion, or military establishment.

4. When their only interactions with you are attempts to sell you something.

5. When they give up reading and thinking to engage in business/sales/promotion of their latest focus.

6. When their body mechanics come across as more mechanical and robotic than spontaneous or human.

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    • forbcrin profile image

      Crin Forbes 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      You are welcome!

    • Admiral Murrah profile imageAUTHOR

      Admiral Murrah 

      6 years ago from Texas

      forbcrin,

      You are correct, the definition often varies, even from person to person. I find that it has to adjust to the needs of each of the parties. When it is only meeting the needs of one, it is definitely unhealthy.

      I appreciate your comment and thoughts.

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      Crin Forbes 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      "When one party does not accept or tolerate change, the relationship is at risk for becoming stagnant. It is no longer a source of stability, the resistance to change is so strong,"

      Or maybe it has never been friendship in that relationship. The term friendship is in general use very loosely...

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