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.

Recent posts on Friends

Bullies Beware: Rule Breaking Required

By Seth Slater M.F.A. on April 28, 2017 in The Dolphin Divide
It is easy to be intimidated by bullies, but breaking a few social rules can turn would-be enemies into fast friends.

Two Necessary Ingredients for Deepening Relationships

How can you strike a balance between variety in your friendship groups and spending enough time with people to forge deeper bonds?

Love and Exile: Decoding the Many Rules of the Girl Code

By Jen Kim on April 24, 2017 in Valley Girl With a Brain
What do women want from their female friendships? Decoding the rules of the Girl Code.

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Single People

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on April 24, 2017 in Living Single
Happiness, relationships, money, sex, solitude, children, singlism, workplace issues, sickness and health, and more: If you have questions about single life, here are some answers

16 Tweets on Relationships

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 22, 2017 in How To Do Life
Short takes on romantic relationships, friends, parenting, and dogs

Even Fish Need Friends

By Lydia Denworth on April 21, 2017 in Brain Waves
Friends calm us down when we're stressed. But how? There's still a lot scientists don't know, but recent studies in animals and humans provide some answers.

Friends as Allies

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on April 21, 2017 in One Among Many
Friends are allies, but not all allies are friends.
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An Open Letter to People Who Talk Too Much

By Sophia Dembling on April 20, 2017 in The Introvert's Corner
Introverts are often sitting ducks for chatterboxes. This is what we're thinking as we sit and listen and listen and listen.

Friends in High Places From Aristotle's View

By Geoffrey Greif Ph.D. on April 18, 2017 in Buddy System
How does President Trump make and maintain friendships? He seems pretty typical.

Relationships, the Key to Life

Thanks to the internet and media, we are bombarded with examples of self-centeredness every day.

9 Micro-Behaviors That Feed Your Closest Friendships

Research suggests the benefits of friendship come from your 5 closest friends (not your 150 acquaintances). Here are 9 gestures that nurture close friendships.

The Happy Healthy Pornosexual

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on April 13, 2017 in Ambigamy
Apparently, some can watch porn without it getting out of hand.

On Belonging

A sense of belonging can play a crucial role in our wellbeing.
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What You Can Do When Your BFF Turns Into Your Worst Enemy

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on April 07, 2017 in Off the Couch
Frenemies aren't just for your teen years. This painful and sometimes surprising reversal occurs in the lives of women of all ages, and all over the world.

60 Sex-Relevant Terms You May Not Know – and Why You Should

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on April 06, 2017 in Living Single
Here are 60 terms related to sex, relationships, sexual orientations, and gender identities, many of which are new or unfamiliar. More than vocabulary is at stake.

On Listening—Take It in, Don't Take It On

Being able to accurately “take in” what someone is sharing is critical. For most people don’t require that you agree with them, just that you understand them.

Children in Polyamorous Families Part 1

This blog begins a series on children in polyamorous families with a look at their age-dependent experiences and three reasons they appear to be in great shape.

When Your Child Says, “Nobody Likes Me!”

Practical ways to help when your child is feeling friendless.

Late by Four Days?

By Seth Slater M.F.A. on March 29, 2017 in The Dolphin Divide
How to not be kept waiting. When the desire for instant gratification meets perpetual procrastination, what’s to be done?

Bragging on Social Media Can Backfire

New research shows that posting on Facebook about your accomplishments can make you appear immodest, but praise from friends is likely to boost your social capital.

Friends in Violent Places

Research says children in violent neighborhoods approach friendship cautiously, with the goal of staying safe. Here are their resourceful–and heart-breaking–strategies.

Friends in Fur

With over 77 million dogs among us, is it surprising that many are stepping in as friends, confidantes, soulmates and support systems? Dogs pull way above their weight.

Betrayed by a Workplace Friend

A woman wonders whether she can remain friends with a co-worker who complained about her to their boss.

19 and Reclusive

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on March 24, 2017 in How To Do Life
The latest in my series of interviews with reclusive people.

Who's Harder to Buy Gifts for, Men or Women? It Depends!

Who’s harder to buy gifts for, men or women? It depends on who’s doing the giving!

10 Ways to Help Your Daughter Get Over Her Boyfriend

A breakup is like drug withdrawal.

Looking for Love?

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on March 16, 2017 in Cravings
Where do people look for love and friendship? And where do they actually find it?

Too Many Questions!

How do you handle a friend who asks too many questions…to the extent that you feel like you’re being interrogated?

Helping Young Children Understand and Build Friendships

By Kyle D. Pruett M.D. on March 13, 2017 in Once Upon a Child
Play, from early in our lives, creates the vocabulary of friendship.
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Murder Buddies

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on March 13, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
Some adolescent friendships go down a dark path, but there are strategies for parents who want to deflect them.