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In the Media – Girlfriends: The greatest loves of our lives (Daily Mail)

Published: June 23, 2015 | By | 4 Replies Continue Reading

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The Daily Mail (screenshot)

The Daily Mail (screenshot)

In the Daily Mail (UK), journalist, Lauren Libbert writes with candor about the devastation she felt when her best girlfriend got engaged. 

Popping of champagne would have been more appropriate, or at least a congratulatory hug. Instead, when my best friend Lisa announced her engagement to her childhood sweetheart, I burst into tears and begged her not to marry him.

He wasn’t an ogre. He didn’t have bad breath, nor an out-of-control gambling habit. He wasn’t even bad-looking.

No, the reason for my outburst was both simple and deeply complex: if he married her, he would take away the love of my life.

In the course of her research, she interviewed The Friendship Doctor. She writes:

‘Women are sharers and tend to be open books when it comes to relationships with best friends. This intimacy begets intimacy, and the more two women feel comfortable being themselves with one another, the closer the relationship becomes.

‘When communication is this easy, there’s no need to censor your thoughts — your friend understands and “gets” you in a way that even your partner doesn’t.

‘But when a female friendship falls apart, it can be a terrible loss. Intense relationships aren’t easily replaced: it takes time to develop and nurture that sense of intimacy and trust.’

You can read the article, Forget men… girl friends can be the greatest love of your life: Why female friendships are often just as significant, in its entirety in the Daily Mail.

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  1. Cheryl says:

    It’s okay now we are in two different depts at work.I work a
    separate shift hrs. Ian thankful I had my church and community and my hand written reference from close church friend.

  2. Cheryl says:

    My coworker and became good friends.Our connection emotionally
    Was very strong. Everyone in the office felt the connection too.I
    Started writing notes like I miss you and you are special This woman was all over me ! I was accused of sexual harassment.on my job. Through my church now it’s fine I have a hard time getting the friend back. By the way this two women
    I have this emotional connection
    with this person. Why do I care?

    Fine I have a

    tarted writing notes I miss you

  3. Mary says:

    I couldn’t agree more.

  4. Someone says:

    I just read the entire article. I’m sorry if I sound harsh or critical, but the author of that article struck me as having serious codependency issues. I get that our female friendships are close and wonderfully rewarding and intimate, but there was something seriously very creepy about that article… I felt smothered just reading it.

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