March 16, 2017
One thing that’s constant is that friendships change over time. Friends come and go in our lives. Sometimes, it’s just the intensity of the friendship that changes. We may feel very close to someone for a certain period of time and then, for a variety of reasons, we become more distant.
Writing for the Science of Us in New York Magazine, journalist Cari Romm interviewed The Friendship Doctor for an article, entitled, “A Psychologist Explains How To Revive a Dead Friendship.”
But reviving a friendship that’s died requires more than just hitting the play button on something that’s been paused, explains Irene Levine, a psychiatry professor at NYU and the author of Best Friends Forever: Surviving a Breakup With Your Best Friend.
It’s not as simple as just picking up the relationship you had before. It’s also more difficult than starting things from scratch with someone new. Here’s her advice for how to get things rolling with a new old friend.