Archive for August, 2007

Toxic Friends: An Interview with Florence Isaacs

Published: August 27, 2007 | Last Updated: May 17, 2020 By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

Freelance journalist Florence Isaacs, an expert on relationships, friendship, and effective communication in business and social situations, wrote the groundbreaking book on friendship, Toxic Friends True Friends: How Your Friendships Can Make or Break Your Health, Happiness, Family, and Career (Citadel, 2003). When I decided to write a book about fractured friendships, her book was high on my reading […]

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Friends in the Digital Playground

Published: August 24, 2007 | Last Updated: April 2, 2016 By | Reply Continue Reading

There is a lot to learn about friendships from what has been called the "largest-ever global survey" of how kids interact with digital technology. MTV and Nickelodeon, in association with Microsoft Digital Advertising Solutions, used both quantitative and qualitative methodologies to talk to 18,000 “tech-embracing” kids (ages 8-14) and young people (14-24) in 16 countries. […]

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Friendship in Strange Places: Science Laboratories

Published: August 24, 2007 | Last Updated: April 2, 2016 By | Reply Continue Reading

I write a regular column called Mind Matters for the Science Magazine web site, ScienceCareers.org. My latest article, called The Complex Biochemistry of Laboratory Friendships describes some of the opportunities and perils posed by friendships in the workplace. Click here to read the article.

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Girl Talk: Too much of a good thing?

Published: August 21, 2007 | Last Updated: May 17, 2020 By | 3 Replies Continue Reading

When does girl talk become rumination?

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Making time for friends: Snail mail or email

Published: August 17, 2007 | Last Updated: April 2, 2016 By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

Now we call it “snail mail.” For those of us who were born in the slice of time after telephones and fax machines—and before email, IMs, and text messages—writing a letter was a common way to stay in touch with family and friends across the miles… My father sent my mother regular love letters while […]

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Retro Friends: A blast from the past

Published: August 16, 2007 | Last Updated: April 2, 2016 By | Reply Continue Reading

A recent article in the Toronto Globe and Mail notes the growing number of women who are rekindling friendships from the past. One explanation for the trend: Technology is making it easier to find that best friend from high school that you haven’t heard from for ages. You can Google her; search for her on […]

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Six degrees: A friend of a friend

Published: August 11, 2007 | Last Updated: August 16, 2007 By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

Psychologist Stanley Milgram conducted a landmark experiment at Harvard University in the 1960s that looked at the “small world” phenomenon. Using snail mail correspondence, Milgram asked his study participants to forward an information packet about the study to the person they knew—who was mostly likely to know the person ultimately targeted to receive the correspondence… […]

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College Friendships: A Case of Easy Come, Easy Go?

Published: August 11, 2007 | Last Updated: August 30, 2022 By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

Some might say that college friendships are as easy to go as they are to come. Everyone agrees that college campuses are fertile settings for the development of close relationships. Students live together, study together, and party together. With geographical proximity—and shared interests and experiences—it’s not surprising that many of the friendships that begin in […]

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Friendship: Making It Work

Published: August 7, 2007 | Last Updated: April 2, 2016 By | 3 Replies Continue Reading

A recent article in USA Today posed the question about whether or not friendships in the workplace are good or bad. It simply isn’t that simple.

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Just for Fun: Have a friend who lights up your life?

Published: August 2, 2007 | Last Updated: April 2, 2016 By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

Olay is sponsoring a Light Up Your Life contest for women It’s easy to enter. Just upload a 2-minute video that explains why your friend inspires you…   The winner will receive a four day, 3-night trip to New York City, accompanied by the woman who "Lights up Her Life." The trip includes round-trip coach […]

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