"I ended a friendship because the other person had turned into a negative, self-centered jackass. I no long got anything positive out of the relationship, so it certainly supports the original premise of this thread." So your concern over his well-being was not sufficient for you to remain his friend, and to be around and support him ? Anyone that we become a friend with, I would think that we have concern for? Or do we truly only get into relationships for what we ourselves can get out of them? I am not being sarcastic, I am truly interested. I mean, maybe he was going through a rough patch, and was just having a hard time for awhile not being self-involved. It happens, right?