In the Friend Zone

"Let's just be friends" isn't necessarily a brush-off. Someone you're interested in romantically may not feel the same way, but still may want a platonic relationship.

Do Nice Guys Really Finish Last?

By Theresa E. DiDonato Ph.D.

When warm and kind faces off against bold and sexy.

On Being in "The Friend Zone"

By Scott Barry Kaufman

The reasons are more complex than you think, but begin with timing.

Nice Guys and the Friend Zone

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D.

The Subtle Implications of Language

The 10 Worst Reasons to Stay Friends With Your Ex

By Juliana Breines Ph.D.

Remaining friends for the wrong reasons can end up hurting you both.

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