Archive for August, 2007

Toxic Friends: An Interview with Florence Isaacs

August 27, 2007 | 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

August 24, 2007 | 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

August 24, 2007 | 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?

August 21, 2007 | By | 3 Replies Continue Reading

When does girl talk become rumination?

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Making time for friends: Snail mail or email

August 17, 2007 | 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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Friendship: All in the (sic) Jeans

August 17, 2007 | By | Reply Continue Reading

How do we decide whom we choose as friends? Findings from a new study at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine, funded by the National Institutes of Health, suggests that our choice of friends may be genetic. “As we grow and move out of our own home environment, our genetically influenced temperament becomes more […]

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Retro Friends: A blast from the past

August 16, 2007 | 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

August 11, 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?

August 11, 2007 | By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

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 college dorms and classrooms last a lifetime. But a recent study suggests that without nurturance, these […]

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Friendship: Making It Work

August 7, 2007 | 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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