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Friendship Research: Having a close confidante helps keep us healthy

June 9, 2014 | By | 6 Replies Continue Reading

New friendship research confirms the positive health effects of having a close confidante.

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In the Media – Dogs as connectors to friendships

If you’re looking for friendship, getting a dog might be something to consider.

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The fragility of friendship

November 26, 2013 | By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

Based on research, friends forever is usually a myth.

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Friendship by the Book: An interview with Carlin Flora, author of Friendfluence & a GIVEAWAY

February 25, 2013 | By | 11 Replies Continue Reading
Friendship by the Book: An interview with Carlin Flora, author of Friendfluence & a GIVEAWAY

The new book Friendfluence: The Surprising Way Friends Make Us Who We Are (Doubleday, 2013) by Carlin Flora makes a seminal contribution to the literature on friendship.

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The law of averages: Do all friendships last for the long haul?

November 8, 2012 | By | 21 Replies Continue Reading

Here are some thoughts on a longevity statistic: On average, most friendships—even very good ones—last only seven years.

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Guest Post: Fat Talk Among Friends

December 7, 2011 | By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

by Sophia Dembling   Guys know better.   When the woman in their life asks, "Do I look fat?" guys respond, "Gosh, I love you more every day, honey," or "Now would be a great time for me to start painting the kitchen, don’t you think?" or "Hey, is that a UFO up there?"   [...]

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On MSNBC and the Today Show – Toxic Friends

August 23, 2011 | By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

Thanks to Eaglewings for flagging this article on toxic friends that resulted from a survey conducted by Today.com and Self Magazine.   The results suggest that a staggering 84 percent of women and 75 percent of men have toxic friendships. I provided background information to the writer, Diane Mapes, some of which is outlined in [...]

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Great Friendship Stories: The Doria-Dentes from Brooklyn

Margaret Doria and Anita Dente have taught at the same two Catholic high schools in Brooklyn, at the same time, for 45 years. At first blush, they seem like the proverbial "odd couple"—an Oscar and Felix with different styles and views of the world. A collegial relationship at first developed into an extraordinary friendship. Fast [...]

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Apologies can pave the way for second chances

March 30, 2011 | By | Reply Continue Reading

QUESTION Hi Irene, My best friend Lila started hanging out with this other girl Jenny. At first the three of us were friends. Then Jenny offered to take Lila on a cruise. The next month, the two of them were always together, talking about me and spreading rumors behind my back. After they returned, Lila [...]

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No best friends but plenty of contacts

February 9, 2011 | By | 4 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION Hi, I have grown up moving around a lot—five middle schools and six elementary schools to be exact. Always being the new kid conditioned me to meet new people. Once I hit a certain point with friends, I find new ones. I guess I get bored or scared. Is it okay to not have [...]

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