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In the Media – Making Friends as an Adult (Verily)

Published: June 29, 2016 | Last Updated: June 29, 2016 By | Reply Continue Reading

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Making friends as an adult can be scary for a number of reasons. For one thing, we become more self-conscious about taking social risks than we were when we were younger. We may also be saddled with more responsibilities and have less time.

On the website, Verily, Julia Hogan addresses the topic of making friends as an adult and compares it, in some respects, to dating. Reviewing an article published in the New York Times several years ago, she writes:

As we get older, it’s harder to find the three conditions necessary for a friendship to blossom: proximity, repeated and unplanned interactions, and a setting that lets you confide in each other.

She also offers some advice culled from a number of experts and academic researchers, including Dr. Levine. She writes:

If you’re looking to make friends, being bold is the best approach. Dr. Irene S. Levine, in an interview for The Wall Street Journal, says although you might feel like you are the only person out there who lacks friends, it’s absolutely not true. Other like-minded people are looking to develop friendships, so being bold alerts others that you are open to a possible friendship.

To read the Verily article on making friends as an adult in its entirety, click here.

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