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 appreciate why friends matter.

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Things May Look Better When You Have Company

Bringing a friend along to the movies or a trip to the museum could make you enjoy it more—even if you don’t interact with your friend. Here's why.

The Challenges of Intimacy

By Neel Burton M.D. on July 18, 2017 in Hide and Seek
Why intimacy requires constant vigilance.

Are Friends the Enemies of Wise Choices?

Don't let your friends take you for a ride! Learn how to avoid letting them manipulate you into making bad decisions.
Lori Russell-Chapin

What Helps People Live a Long and Satisfying Life?

By Lori Russell-Chapin Ph.D. on July 16, 2017 in Brain Waves
Strengthen your face-to-face relationships. It will add years to your life!

When to End a Friendship and How to Do It

Breaking up with a friend is one of the most difficult things to do.
K. Ramsland

Suicide: Pacts Versus Clusters

Suicide pacts are agreements; suicide clusters are reactions. But clusters can result from publicized pacts.

What Are the Pros and Cons of Facebook for Children?

Children believe that Facebook is a protected environment, but are they right?

Is Your Lover Also Your Friend?

Life is sweeter and you think more of yourself when you value your partner as a friend.

To Friend or Unfriend Your Ex

By Cortney S. Warren Ph.D. on July 12, 2017 in Naked Truth
Should you unfriend your ex when going through a breakup? There are at least three key reasons it may help you move forward.

Do You Have #hashtag Friends or Real Friends?

Popular people are more resilient, live longer, and report fewer severe symptoms of the common cold. But be careful, true friends are different from #hashtag friends.

Marijuana Legalization and Answers to Our "Drug Problems"

Drugs & drug policy evoke strong opinions. At stake are issues of personal freedom, public health, racial equality, public safety, costs, & large financial profits.

How Strong Is Children's Attachment to Their Pets?

By Zazie Todd Ph.D. on July 07, 2017 in Fellow Creatures
The friendship and caring behaviors children show toward their pet are linked to attachment to the pet.

Family Cutoffs and Relationship Disintegration

Why relatives cut each other off.

Feeling Lonely? Talk to a Woman

By Kira Asatryan on July 02, 2017 in The Art of Closeness
Research suggests both men and women feel less lonely after talking to a woman.

Five Common Friendship Challenges for Children

By Andrea Bonior Ph.D. on June 30, 2017 in Friendship 2.0
No child's social life is perfect, and friendship dilemmas are common. Navigating them healthily can make the difference in your child's long-term happiness. Here's how to help.

Six Ways to Help Your Child Shift from Shyness to Confidence

By Suzanne Gelb Ph.D., JD on June 30, 2017 in All Grown Up
Parents! Here are 6 simple ways to help your child shift from shyness to confidence.

Touch Hunger

By Neel Burton M.D. on June 29, 2017 in Hide and Seek
The breaking of a taboo.

Talking Openly About Mental Illness

What if you could talk entirely openly about your experience of mental illness?

Not All Friendships Last Forever

What do you do when you realize that you don't really like your friend anymore?

Is Friendship Just a Feeling?

By Anneli Rufus on June 28, 2017 in Stuck
I'm currently the most friendless I've ever been. Why might that be?

Avoiding Toxic Peers: How Online Friends Become Frenemies

Online friendship involves self-disclosure, which increases vulnerability. When friends become frenemies, disclosed personal information becomes ammunition for cyber-aggression.

When Words Are Deadly Weapons: Michelle Carter´s Conviction

For people who would rather text than talk, words can be more dangerous than sticks and stones. Texting is pervasive and persuasive, facilitating cyber courtship to cyber stalking.

My Friend Is Backing Out of Our Trip

Whether this relationship is romantic or platonic, it sounds like he just isn’t that into you.

A Short History of Love

By Neel Burton M.D. on June 23, 2017 in Hide and Seek
How love became the new religion.

Toxic Relationships: Accept or Reject?

The more things change, the more people seem to stay the same. Trying to change others is almost always a waste of time.

Sticking With Your Goals

By Katherine Hawley Ph.D. on June 21, 2017 in Trust
If you're struggling to achieve your goals, try recruiting a little help from your friends.

To Age Well, You Need Friends

By Temma Ehrenfeld on June 19, 2017 in Open Gently
New research suggests that the importance of friendship increases with age. This works both ways—quarrels with friends, it suggests, is tied to chronic health problems.

I Am a Teen and Have Feelings Toward a Teacher

How to deal with feelings toward a teacher.

Old Selves and New

By Loren Soeiro, Ph.D. ABPP on June 19, 2017 in I Hear You
Ever feel like one type of person in some relationships, and a completely different one in others? Here's how psychotherapy uses this phenomenon to bring about change and insight.

Is Your Partner Facebook Cheating?

When your partner is a friend, fan, or follower of a romantic rival, how does such divided attention impact your relationship?