WebMD – Friends: How to Make, Keep, or Leave Them

Published: July 27, 2011 | Last Updated: July 27, 2011 By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

Lisa Fields

Maybe you have 571 friends on Facebook, but do you have close
friends you want to hang with? A few special friends you can tell nearly
anything? It’s important for all of us to have good friends — and to
know how to end friendships that aren’t working anymore. Here are some
tips to help you navigate the twists and turns of friendship…


…Once you’ve found someone you want to be friends with, help the
friendship grow with these three tips from Irene Levine, author of Best Friends Forever: Surviving a Breakup With Your Best Friend.

  1. Take it slow. Experts say friendships should develop gradually in order to last.
  2. Be available. Make time to do things with your new friend to help the friendship grow.
  3. Don’t seem needy. A needy new friend can seem relentless, which is a huge turnoff.


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  1. Irene says:

    Hi Miguel,

    Most of the posts are from women so, in that sense, they are biased. There are many men who decide to post on the forums and everyone chimes in with advice. Why don’t you take a peek there?

    Best, Irene

  2. Miguel says:

    Dear Dr. Levine, I found your articles interesting. But biased towards female friendship. Am I wrong? If I am. Please, correct me. Finally, I am Venezuelan, with major depression dissorder and OCD and I am married with a wonderful woman, but I am isolated because of the social stigma and I am alone. I have unsuccessfully looking for papers about depression and relationships (friendly ones). My interest is how to mantain healthy relationships (friendship)in spite of having a handicap that could doomed myself to loneliness for a lifetime. Thank you very much in advance.

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