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.

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Betrayed by a Workplace Friend

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

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

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Looking for Love?

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on March 16, 2017 in Cravings
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Too Many Questions!

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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.

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What's the Difference Between Friendship and Love?

By Neel Burton M.D. on March 12, 2017 in Hide and Seek
The line between friendship and love is difficult to draw.

What is Friendship?

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“I Have Feelings for You,” Its Eight Different Meanings

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The Three Basics of Friendship

By Lydia Denworth on March 03, 2017 in Brain Waves
Recognizing your true friends can be surprisingly simple. There are some fundamental elements that every close bond shares.

The New Committed Relationship: For Parenting, Not Romance

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on March 03, 2017 in Living Single
Families have evolved in all sorts of ways. Now there are singles who come together only to raise children. They find romance elsewhere, if they are interested in it at all.
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3 Strategies for Saying 'No'

By Katherine Hawley Ph.D. on February 28, 2017 in Trust
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7 Types of Loneliness, and Why It Matters

By Gretchen Rubin on February 27, 2017 in The Happiness Project
It’s important to realize why we feel lonely, because only then can we see how we might address it.
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How to Develop Self-Compassion

By Diana Raab Ph.D. on February 26, 2017 in The Empowerment Diary
Self-compassion is a very important aspect of self-care. Many of us get wrapped up in caring for others and neglect ourselves. Sometimes writing can help us develop self-compassion

A Common Cause of Misery and a Formula for Happiness

By Clifford N Lazarus Ph.D. on February 26, 2017 in Think Well
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Apologizing

By Roberta Satow Ph.D. on February 22, 2017 in Life After 50
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Feeling Friendless After Separation

By Irene S Levine Ph.D. on February 15, 2017 in The Friendship Doctor
Advice on dealing with separation from a long-time partner.