Archive for November, 2007

The marketing of friendship

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When it comes to marketing, nothing sells like youth, beauty, sex—and female friendships?

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When it comes to friendships, who is counting?

November 17, 2007 | By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

Dunbar’s number expresses the limits in the number of friendship we can maintain.

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Friendship and the couch

November 15, 2007 | By | 3 Replies Continue Reading

In a recent article in the UK Telegraph entitled, Could friendships be ruining your life? journalist Tim Shipman reports that the American self-help industry is booming as we are becoming increasingly aware of toxic friendships. He points to the pervasive use of the term in our culture—noting the growing number of popular books and TV […]

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Baffled by Bratz & Biffles

November 14, 2007 | By | Reply Continue Reading

Besides the letter “L”—what’s the difference between a BFFL (best friend for life) and a BFF (best friend forever)? When Nathalia Ramos, 15, the actress who plays Yasmin (one of the Mattel dolls that is brought to life in Bratz, the movie) was interviewed by a reporter from the Washington Post she said: There are […]

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BFFs: Rudy and Bernie?

November 12, 2007 | By | Reply Continue Reading

Guilty as charged: The term BFF has morphed into a meaningless platitude due to extreme overuse. Now, the term is even being used to hurl an insult. The evidence: The headline of a recent op-ed in the New York Times read, Rudy and Bernie: B.F.F.’s? The popular acronym “best friends forever” (typically used with gushing […]

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The need for friendship is elementary

November 11, 2007 | By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

Transitioning from one school to another is always nerve-wracking for children and their parents but friendships can help ease the way. A new study of 600 children and 80 parents in the UK suggests that children who are separated from their friends as they move from elementary to secondary schools are “inherently more vulnerable.” These […]

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Working friendly, working smart

November 10, 2007 | By | Reply Continue Reading

Gallup researcher Tom Rath says that friend-friendly workplaces are more apt to spur energy, creativity, and productivity. In his book, Vital Friends: The People You Can’t Afford to Live Without (Gallup Press, 2006), Rath notes that employees who have a best friend at work are seven times more likely to be engaged in their jobs. […]

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When female friendships fizzle

November 6, 2007 | By | Reply Continue Reading

Look at the November/December 2007 issue of Baltimore Smart Woman to read freelancer Elizabeth Heubeck’s article entitled, When Female Friendships Fizzle. She provides advice to women on why and how to end a fractured friendship. The piece stems from Elizabeth’s personal experience with a once-close friend and includes commentary from yours truly.

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Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

November 6, 2007 | By | 7 Replies Continue Reading

I read a fascinating thread on the balancing work/life forum of the Chronicle of Higher Education. The poster told about ending a friendship with a female friend who was overly critical and judgmental. (In its telling, the relationship sounded toxic to me.) In a last-ditch effort to salvage the friendship, the poster communicated her discomfort […]

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Friendship by the Book: Songs without Words

November 5, 2007 | By | Reply Continue Reading

When a close friendship fades away, the passage of time makes it harder and harder to patch up the divide. In Songs without Words (Alfred A. Knopf, 2007), the writing of Ann Packer captures the fragility of female friendships as well as the complexities of repairing friendships when they falter. Lifelong friends Liz and Sarabeth […]

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