Sometimes people are desperate.
They may be hanging on to something, or trying to hang on to something, or upset, or angry, or in despair. If this person is private, or not able to communicate this desperation, then we don’t get what is happening with them. All we notice is that our ‘subject’ is off in some way.
This is the point where we need to have even more compassion and grace than ever. You, as the friend or observer, MUST notice the difference in their general attitude, demeanor, “way”. If you miss it, you will just think your friend or family member is being… well, pick one: awful, a jerk, insipid, traitorous, faithless, back-stabbing, hurtful. We usually find out later what is really wrong with our person.
Please don’t underestimate what your little push of grace back at them will do for them. Sometimes only a little nudge will push them back on course, and sometimes only a small bump pushes the comet out of harm’s way. After all, you can only do your part; love, cherish, save.