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in the Media – 6 Ways to Befriend Your Partner’s Friends (Brides.com)

Published: September 17, 2016 | Last Updated: September 17, 2016 By | Reply Continue Reading
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From Brides.com: How to befriend your partner’s friends

September 17 2016

The last thing you want to do is alienate your partner from his friends and/or alienate them from you. No one likes to be placed in the middle, forced to choose between friends and a partner. Doing that to a partner can make it tough for him and usually doesn’t work out well for anyone.

Yet, it may take some time to get used to your partner’s friends. You may feel jealous of their shared history or the time they spend together. But there are several ways you can bridge the gap…helping his friends become your friends, too.

In an article for Brides.com , journalist Jillian Kramer writes:

As Irene S. Levine, Ph.D., psychologist, friendship expert, and creator of The Friendship Blog, points out, friends are our chosen family. And just as we’d work to impress and befriend out in-laws, it’s just as important to work to buddy up to our partner’s pals.

“When your relationship with him becomes serious, you don’t want him [or her] to lose meaningful friendships that have helped shape the person you’ve come to love,” she explains. “Those friends will help make your life as a couple more interesting and intellectually stimulating. You’ll also be able to count on them for support.”

Kramer goes on to list six practical ways you can begin to make friends with your partner’s friends.

Click here to read the Brides.com article in its entirety.

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