When you keep your friend at an emotional distance by refusing to share secrets or return calls, this is an example of a situation where you distantiate.
transitive verb-·at·ed, -·at·ing
Origin of distantiatefrom Classical Latin distantia, distance + -ate
(third-person singular simple present distantiates, present participle distantiating, simple past and past participle distantiated)
- To distance (keep at a metaphorical or mental distance)