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In the Media – On Friends without Benefits (Stylist.com)

Published: July 20, 2016 | Last Updated: July 20, 2016 By | Reply Continue Reading

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Stylist.com (screenshot)

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July 20 2016

An article on Stylist.com, Friends without benefits: why is it that some of our closest friends often become our worst enemies?, speaks to the intensity and complexity of female friendships.

The author, Camille Way, who also wrote a new novel on that same topic, Watching Edie, writes:

A study by Relate concluded that our friendships act as shock absorbers when times are hard while several scientific reports have found having friends helps you fight illness, slows ageing and prolongs life.

Yet when a friendship goes wrong (as 84% of women revealed they’ve experienced**) it can have huge repercussions, affecting our mental and physical health, leaving us feeling isolated and anxious.

Then, she explores some of the reasons why this happens, specifically how a friendship turns into one without benefits. Way interviewed The Friendship Doctor and writes:

Levine adds, “When a friendship feels out of kilter, it’s important to communicate and try to resolve problems. If this isn’t possible, it may be prudent to ‘dilute’ the relationship by seeing each other less often, or in a group. Sometimes these differences can’t be resolved and you may have to accept the friendship is no longer working. Friendships are voluntary relationships that should be mutually satisfying.”

Click here to read Way’s article on Friends without Benefits in its entirety on Stylist.com.

Stayed tuned for more on Way’s book, Watching Edie, coming on The Friendship Blog soon.

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