When speaking with women (and men) about the difficulties they sometimes face building friendships, I commonly hear that it's not always the meeting part that's tough, but rather turning those occasional or chance meetings into something resembling a relationship.
How do you turn an acquaintance into a friend? How do you build a friendship with the person you chat with at the gym—without seeming like a stalker? And why do some friendships never get off the ground, despite your best efforts?
Certain roadblocks pop up over and over again, particular common behaviors in which we engage without thinking. But these mistakes may be keeping friendships from taking off. Here are seven common missteps that can easily derail burgeoning friendships:
copyright Andrea Bonior, Ph.D.
Andrea Bonior is a licensed clinical psychologist, media commentator, professor, and author of the upcoming book Psychology: Essential Thinkers, Classic Theories, and How They Inform Your World, and The Friendship Fix, and the Washington Post Express's longtime advice column Baggage Check. Follow her on twitter @drandreabonior or Facebook or YouTube.
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