All About Friendship

Anais Nin put it beautifully when she said, "Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born." Though some natural loners are happy without them, most of us depend greatly on the company of true friends. As with any relationship, friendships bring support and joy and occasionally strife. Here's how to make friends, understand friendship better, and be a great confidante to others.

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Imaginary Friends and Interactive Technology

By Jamie Krenn Ph.D. on October 25, 2016 in Screen Time
As children learn to become reliant upon screens for entertainment, their boredom cures decline showing a decrease in pretend play which is essential during childhood.

A Grown-Up's Guide to Friendship

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on October 25, 2016 in How To Do Life
Making, deepening, and keeping friends.
Fotolia, with permission

The Day After the Election, Will We Still Be Friends?

By Allison Carmen on October 23, 2016 in The Gift of Maybe
Many of us have people in our lives that we have argued with or may not be speaking to because of the presidential election. How can we repair these relationships and begin again?

How to Tell if You Should Avoid Contact With Your Ex

If you and your ex cannot or do not intend to treat each other like true friends, then needless to say, it is best to end all contact ASAP.

Losing Friends and Family Over the Election?

By Geoffrey Greif Ph.D. on October 18, 2016 in Buddy System
I hate my friend/spouse/partner because he or she is voting for Clinton/Trump!

What Can Secrets and Confessions Reveal?

By Diana Raab Ph.D. on October 17, 2016 in The Empowerment Diary
Most of us have secrets and/or confessions to reveal. Sharing with a therapist, friend, or a journal can be cathartic. Choosing the right recipient of the secret is important.

Are Political Differences Straining Your Relationships?

Do's and don'ts for dialogue lest political differences wreck your relationships.

5 Steps for Navigating (or Leaving) a Toxic Relationship

By Ralph Ryback M.D. on October 17, 2016 in The Truisms of Wellness
Navigating toxic relationships is a process that requires help from supportive friends, family, and professionals. These tips can help you chart your course and build better bonds.

To Be Awakened

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on October 16, 2016 in How To Do Life
Some of my clients', colleagues', friends', and my changed opinions.

How Empathetic Are Americans? Gender and Generation Matter

By Christopher Bergland on October 15, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
America was ranked no. 7 in a first-of-its-kind global survey on empathy. But, not all Americans are equally empathic. Why are some Americans more empathetic to others' suffering?
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It's Pregnancy Loss Awareness Month: How to Help Others

By Monica N. Starkman M.D. on October 14, 2016 in On Call
Mark Zuckerberg gave us clues about the psychological toll of pregnancy loss. Here's more information about how to help others.

Good Friend or Effective Enabler?

While not every friendship is meant to be a lifelong “BFF to the end” kind of relationship, there are some relationships that aren’t just “casual,” they are downright detrimental!

Tips for Making Friends When You're Depressed

Admittedly, it’s tough to make friends when you’re feeling depressed. Here are some tips that might help

Belonging and Loneliness

By Saul Levine M.D. on October 08, 2016 in Our Emotional Footprint
Belonging is when we feel a part of a community where we are liked and appreciated. Loneliness is its opposite when we feel unsupported and saddened. Both affect mood and health.

3 Ways to Manage Second Thoughts After a Breakup

Are you having second thoughts about ending a relationship? These strategies will reinforce your decision to split and help you move on after a breakup.

10 Tips for Friendly Political Discussions

Although some of us like to “root for the underdogs,” most of us still want to be on the winning team. How do you discuss politics with friends who pull for the "other" team?

7 Reasons You Might Stay Friends With Your Ex

You broke up with your partner. Does that mean your relationship should end?

What Bill Taught

By Peter D Kramer on September 26, 2016 in In Practice
W. P. Kinsella died last week. He's known for writing the novel that became the movie "Field of Dreams." But he also held a world record. And Bill could teach.

Mixed Signals on Social Life, Relationships, and Loneliness

We get nearly as much conflicting advice about our social lives and happiness these days as we do about nutrition, diet, and exercise. Do experts really know what makes you happy?

Escape from Loneliness: Is Living Alone the Unlikely Answer?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on September 26, 2016 in Living Single
Researchers trying to pin loneliness on single people and people living alone are not finding what they expected

When Food = Love, Saying "No" Can Be Tough

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on September 23, 2016 in Cravings
Whether it's a box of candy or a second helping of your grandma's famous lasagna, sometime you have to (carefully) refuse.
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The Key to Being a Better Friend

By Sophia Dembling on September 20, 2016 in The Introvert's Corner
If you worry about being a good friend, choose the people you love and trust most and tell them how you feel. This simple act will bring you closer together.

Record Numbers Are Single and Writing Their Own Life Scripts

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on September 20, 2016 in Living Single
More Americans than ever before are unmarried – and most of them have never been married. They may also be more diverse than ever in the ways they live and the people they love.

What I Wouldn’t Change If My Health Were Restored Tomorrow

By Toni Bernhard J.D. on September 19, 2016 in Turning Straw Into Gold
I’ve lived with chronic pain and illness for over 15 years. This is the first of two pieces on the subject of what I would and what I would not change should I regain my health.

The Power of a Mentor

My friend Bill died today. Here's how an unlikely friendship turned into one of my most treasured ones.

3 Questions to Ask Yourself About Every Relationship

Take this quick relationship test to find out if your friends are right for you.

Is it Time to Unclutter Your Social Network?

Is your circle of friends more like a chaos of clutter?

The Value of Association Value

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on September 10, 2016 in Pop Psych
Examining how reciprocal and unilateral friendships are useful for affecting change

Are You Lonesome Tonight?

By Renee Garfinkel Ph.D. on September 05, 2016 in Time Out
What's more of a health risk than smoking or obesity? Loneliness.

Top 5 Benefits of a Geek-Out

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on September 04, 2016 in Shadow Boxing
A Geek-Out goes beyond what any tour guide can tell you, because you seek a direct experience of the subject you embrace.