There should be a social phrase--maybe even a single word--to say, "hey we are still friendly but please don't talk to me right now unless it's urgent". A polite way of turning down casual social interaction.

But of course it would be difficult--because any sort of rejection is considered impolite. Which is, of course, very toxic for us. Healthy interactions need a channel for peaceful, casual rejections.

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@nashhigh I like this sentiment. But if someone I'm friends with reacts negatively to me saying "I'm busy right now" I can only think of two reasons:
1. They have no respect for me
2. I have repeatedly rejected interaction from them in the past.

If 2, the friendship will inavoidably be damaged! But that doesn't mean that it is dead, just weaker.

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