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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Should You Tell A Friend That You Don't Like Her Partner?

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on December 09, 2017 in The Teen Doctor
What to consider before telling your friend that you don't like her partner.
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Arguing Politics with Friends? One Word Makes a Difference

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on December 09, 2017 in Off the Couch
This little word can change how you approach political conversations with friends, family, and anyone else in your life.

Why You Talk about Your Relationship with Friends

It's not what we say, it's why we say it.

Toxic Tagging: Be Careful What You Post About Your Friends

By Wendy L. Patrick, Ph.D. on December 08, 2017 in Why Bad Looks Good
Avoid posting too much information about your connections; not everyone is comfortable sharing personal information online.
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It's Better Going With the Dogs

By Matthew J. Edlund M.D. on December 07, 2017 in The Power of Rest
The many advantages of humanity's best friend.

How to Be a Secure Base of Attachment for the Holidays

By Hal Shorey Ph.D. on December 06, 2017 in The Freedom to Change
Does the thought of the family holiday gathering stress you out? Attachment theory can teach you to be a "secure base," lower everyone's anxiety, and enjoy your family and friends.

3 Common Friendship Mistakes for Kids

Every child faces friendship challenges at some time, in some way, but broadly speaking, there are three main ways that children struggle socially.

3 Ways Kids Can Solve Friendship Conflicts

Conflicts are common in children’s friendships, but they don’t have to mean the end of a relationship. Here are three ways kids can move past disagreements.
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How to Cope When You’re Envious of a Friend

By Miriam Kirmayer on November 28, 2017 in Casual to Close
As we move through life, the more our paths diverge from those of our friends, and the more important it becomes to learn how to manage feelings of envy.

5 Ways to Shake a Stalker: Disengaging Delusional Pursuit

By Wendy L. Patrick, Ph.D. on November 27, 2017 in Why Bad Looks Good
Even with positive attention, there can be too much of a good thing. When friends and fans become fanatical, it is time to actively disengage.

Cyberstalker Alert: Spotting Dangerous Friends and Followers

By Wendy L. Patrick, Ph.D. on November 26, 2017 in Why Bad Looks Good
Take note of online strangers who have become overly familiar with your personal information. The next step is contact—with an unrealistic expectation of reciprocity.

The Psychology of Gift Giving

By Neel Burton M.D. on November 19, 2017 in Hide and Seek
...and 10 rules for better gifts.
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Suicide Grievers Talk About Family and Friends

By Elizabeth Young on November 17, 2017 in Adaptations
“Does anyone else feel worried about the safety of a family member?”
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One Question That May Determine Whether Your Love Will Last

The one question that may determine whether your love will last
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Super Agers May Be Smarter than Their Peers

By Jane Adams Ph.D. on November 14, 2017 in Between the Lines
Young friends keep you young, smart, and in the know.

Difficult People Have a Place in Our Lives

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on November 07, 2017 in Living Single
A new study identifies the people in our lives who are most likely to be difficult and helps explain why they still have a place in our lives.

Think You’re Not a Virgin? Consider This

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on November 02, 2017 in Living Single
People with no romantic relationship experience often feel shame. They shouldn’t. In other times and places, they probably wouldn’t.

Confronting Conflict With Friends

Sometimes you have to decide that enough is enough where unhealthy relationships are concerned.

How to Respond to Unkind Remarks When You’re Chronically Ill

Responding to unkind and insensitive comments can require a lot of thought and energy. This is because there are several factors to consider before deciding what to say.

Can You Ever Have a Good Relationship With a Type A Person?

A common belief about Type A people is that they make terrible relationship partners, but new research shows that under some conditions, they're just fine — if not perfect.

That’s So Aromantic!

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on October 26, 2017 in Living Single
Some people just aren’t into sex. Others just aren’t into romance. To understand what this means, we need to recognize four kinds of people.

Get Your Teen Off the Phone

By Temma Ehrenfeld on October 19, 2017 in Open Gently
Therapy, sleep, exercise, and socializing in person may be more likely to help your depressed teen than an antidepressant.

Bitter Sweet

By Sophie Sabbage on October 18, 2017 in The Cancer Whisperer
There are days when gratitude and grief walk hand-in-hand.

3 Best and Worst Ways to Be a Friend When a Friend Needs You

A recent news article suggests that people need friends as well as lovers. When your friend’s relationship is in trouble, research shows what to do and not do as a confidant.

Bromance Over Romance, Say Men in New Study

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on October 17, 2017 in Living Single
A study of 30 heterosexual university men found that they valued their bromances more than their romances in every way except one.

Polyamory at Work

This blog explores some of the reasons polyamorous might want to come out or avoid coming out at work and the potential impacts polyamorous folks might experience.

Horizontal Relationships: Affection, Ambivalence, Ambiguity

By Geoffrey Greif Ph.D. on October 10, 2017 in Buddy System
Relationships with siblings and friends can be hard to characterize. We need to get comfortable with them not being perfect.

Friendship at Work Can Be Tricky, But Also Life-Saving

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on October 10, 2017 in Feeling It
Friendships at work are critical for happiness and success - but you have to manage them with skill

Why Do We Need Friends? Six Benefits of Healthy Friendships

True friends:"Lots of people will want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will ride with you in the bus when the limo breaks down"—Oprah Winfrey

Two Magic Words that Keep Relationships Together

Here are the two most healing words in the English language--and why.