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Friendship by the Book: An Interview with Carlin Flora, author of Friendfluence

Published: February 25, 2013 | Last Updated: March 24, 2021 By | 11 Replies Continue Reading
Friendship by the Book: An Interview with Carlin Flora, author of Friendfluence

The new book Friendfluence: The Surprising Way Friends Make Us Who We Are (Doubleday, 2013) by Carlin Flora makes a seminal contribution to the literature on friendship.

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The law of averages: Do all friendships last for the long haul?

Published: November 8, 2012 | Last Updated: May 25, 2020 By | 25 Replies Continue Reading

Here are some thoughts on a longevity statistic: On average, most friendships—even very good ones—last only seven years.

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Guest Post: Fat Talk Among Friends

Published: December 7, 2011 | Last Updated: November 30, 2020 By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

by Sophia Dembling Guys know better. When the woman in their life asks, “Do I look fat?” guys respond, “Gosh, I love you more every day, honey,” or “Now would be a great time for me to start painting the kitchen, don’t you think?” or “Hey, is that a UFO up there?” Anything to avoid fat talk. Among female friends, […]

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On MSNBC and the Today Show – Toxic Friends

Published: August 23, 2011 | Last Updated: August 23, 2011 By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

Thanks to Eaglewings for flagging this article on toxic friends that resulted from a survey conducted by Today.com and Self Magazine.   The results suggest that a staggering 84 percent of women and 75 percent of men have toxic friendships. I provided background information to the writer, Diane Mapes, some of which is outlined in […]

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Great Friendship Stories: The Doria-Dentes from Brooklyn

Published: May 11, 2011 | Last Updated: May 14, 2020 By | 7 Replies Continue Reading

Margaret Doria and Anita Dente have taught at the same two Catholic high schools in Brooklyn, at the same time, for 45 years. At first blush, they seem like the proverbial "odd couple"—an Oscar and Felix with different styles and views of the world. A collegial relationship at first developed into an extraordinary friendship. Fast […]

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Apologies can pave the way for second chances

Published: March 30, 2011 | Last Updated: March 30, 2011 By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

QUESTION Hi Irene, My best friend Lila started hanging out with this other girl Jenny. At first the three of us were friends. Then Jenny offered to take Lila on a cruise. The next month, the two of them were always together, talking about me and spreading rumors behind my back. After they returned, Lila […]

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No Best Friends But Plenty of Contacts

Published: February 9, 2011 | Last Updated: December 15, 2020 By | 4 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION Hi, I have grown up moving around a lot—five middle schools and six elementary schools to be exact. Always being the new kid conditioned me to meet new people. Once I hit a certain point with friends, I find new ones. I guess I get bored or scared. Is it okay to not have […]

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Top 3 ways to get unfriended on Facebook

Published: October 15, 2010 | Last Updated: July 8, 2020 By | 7 Replies Continue Reading

A study looks at why people got unfriended on Facebook.

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The Benefits of Friendly Competition

Published: October 14, 2010 | Last Updated: January 18, 2017 By | Reply Continue Reading

On the benefits of friendly competition in the workplace…

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The Friend Trend: Who do you trust?

Published: October 2, 2010 | Last Updated: October 2, 2010 By | 4 Replies Continue Reading

As often as I Google and check out Trip Advisor, Zagat, or Amazon for advice or product ratings, I’m just as likely to turn to a friend. Some of my friends are born infomaniacs. They seem to know more than I do about everything. Others are niche specialists: Judy knows the menu of nearly every […]

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